The shoulder surgery you need depends largely on the cause of your shoulder pain. Rotator cuff tears and labrum tears in the shoulder socket might need repairing, while if you have severe osteoarthritis, you might need to have shoulder replacement surgery.
There are three types of shoulder replacement surgery:
Total shoulder replacement
This procedure involves removing both sections of bone (ball and socket) that make up the shoulder joint. After shaping the healthy bone that remains, your surgeon fixes an artificial ball and socket with a spacer in-between to mimic the function of a natural shoulder joint.
Partial shoulder replacement
Your surgeon at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates replaces either the ball-shaped head at the top of your upper arm bone or the socket into which this bone fits. As shoulder replacement is usually necessary because of arthritis, which tends to affect both parts of the joint, partial shoulder replacement is less common than total shoulder replacement.
Reverse shoulder replacement
This procedure might be best if you have a severe rotator cuff tear or dislocation. Your surgeon swaps the ball and socket around, enabling you to move your shoulder without needing to use your rotator cuff.