If you have severe pain, stiffness and disability, a shoulder replacement should reduce your pain and help you to move your shoulder more easily.
What is a shoulder replacement?
A shoulder replacement involves replacing the shoulder joint if it has been damaged by injury or worn away by arthritis. When arthritis affects the shoulder it causes the lining of these joint surfaces to wear, causing pain and stiffness.
During a shoulder replacement, both the head of the humerus and the socket are replaced with artificial surfaces. Artificial shoulder parts are usually made of metal or plastic, or a combination of these.
What does a shoulder replacement involve?
The operation usually takes 1 to 2 hours. A variety of anaesthetic techniques are possible. Your surgeon will make a cut on the front of your shoulder and remove the damaged ball (head of the humerus). They will replace the ball and sometimes also the socket. The new ball is made of metal and the socket is usually made of plastic.
The shoulder replacement is fixed into the bone using a special coating on the arm side of your shoulder joint.
Are there any alternatives to a shoulder replacement?
- Simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can help control the pain.
- Regular moderate exercise can help to reduce stiffness in your arthritic shoulder.
- A steroid injection into the shoulder joint can sometimes reduce pain and stiffness.
All of these measures become less effective as your arthritis gets worse.
This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.
Lennard Funk (MSc, FRCS)
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Guide price for self pay patients
Shoulder Replacement (Total)
|Estimated Cost *|
|Initial Consultation||from £220|
Estimated total cost from £12,584
Estimated length of stay 3 nights
* The guide price is effective from 1st January 2022
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