According to the Cleveland Clinic, shoulder replacement is the fastest growing joint replacement surgery. Our shoulders do a lot of work throughout the day and carry life’s great treasures. It’s not surprising that people are turning to shoulder replacement for the freedom to enjoy life’s daily activities.
Chronic shoulder pain or weakness can affect your daily activities. When brushing your teeth or getting dressed is difficult, it may be time to consider surgery. Regardless of your age, your quality of life is the most important factor when considering shoulder replacement surgery.
There are three main reasons you may need shoulder replacement.
- Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. When cartilage breaks down, it causes pain and stiffness in the joint. If you are over the age of 50 and are experiencing advanced osteoarthritis, a shoulder replacement can help you return to pain free days.
- A serious shoulder injury or fracture may necessitate shoulder replacement. If there is irreparable damage to the bone, partial or a total shoulder replacement may be an option for repair and restoring function.
- Rotator cuff tears are another common reason for shoulder replacement. If a tear is not treated, it can lead to arthritis and shoulder instability, which ultimately lead to surgery.
The goal of shoulder replacement is to relieve pain, restore function, and regain freedom. It should be considered after conservative treatment options have failed. Because shoulder replacement is an elective procedure, you determine when you are ready for surgery.
If you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain, call and schedule an appointment. We can evaluate your shoulder and help you plan a path forward to freedom and enjoying life’s great treasures that you love.
Dr. Kevin Kruse is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, orthopedic surgeon specializing in Shoulder injuries and arthroscopic Shoulder surgery in North Texas.