Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Northern Mississippi

At Oxford Ortho, we understand the impact that shoulder pain can have on your quality of life. While alternative treatments such as medication and physical therapy are often recommended initially, some patients may not experience adequate relief. In such cases, shoulder replacement surgery may be considered.

Shoulder replacement surgery aims to alleviate pain and restore function by replacing damaged or diseased parts of the shoulder joint with artificial components. Our experienced orthopedic team is committed to providing personalized care and utilizing state-of-the-art surgical techniques to help our patients regain mobility and enjoy an active lifestyle.

If you’re experiencing persistent shoulder pain or limited range of motion, don’t hesitate to contact Oxford Ortho to explore your shoulder replacement surgery options. Take the first step towards relieving your discomfort and restoring your shoulder function with the help of our dedicated team. Call our one of orthopedic clinics in Northern Mississippi at (662) 513-2000 to schedule an appointment

Shoulder Replacement Surgery Options

A total shoulder replacement is performed on patients who have an extensive amount of damage to their articular cartilage. This procedure removes the damage cartilage and replaces it with durable prosthetic parts. This procedure is performed in 3 steps:

  • The humerus head is removed and replaced: once the “ball” section of the upper arm bone is removed, a metal stem is attached.
  • A round metal ball is attached to the metal stem: a smooth metal ball is placed on top of the newly inserted metal stem.
  • Cartilage is removed from the arm socket: the damaged cartilage is removed from the socket and replaced by a smooth artificial socket. 

In cases where the cartilage in the socket is in good condition, the surgeon may choose to perform a stemmed hemiarthroplasty. During this procedure, the first two steps of a total shoulder replacement are performed. The ball of the humerus is removed and replaced with a metal stem and prosthetic metal ball that works in tandem with the intact shoulder socket and cartilage. 

Compared to a total knee replacement, the knee better preserves range of motion and function due to the healthy tissue being spared. Because of the less extensive nature to this procedure, the recovery time is often much faster.

In order to preserve the humerus bone mass, a resurfacing hemiarthroplasty replaces the humerus head with a cap shaped prosthesis without the use of a metal stem. This procedure is performed if the humerus is in strong shape and the cartilage in the shoulder socket is healthy. A resurfacing hemiarthroplasty can be converted into a total shoulder replacement in the future if necessary. 

A reverse total shoulder replacement is performed on patients who have completely torn their rotator cuff or those who have severe arthritis with a rotator cuff tear or weakness. In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched. The prosthetic ball is placed in the existing shoulder socket and the plastic socket prosthesis is attached to the top of the humerus. This allows the patient to lift their arm using their deltoid muscle instead of the weakened or torn rotator cuff.