What are common surgical treatment options for osteoarthritis of the shoulder?

Surgery may be needed if an injury, or a disease like arthritis, does not respond to other, non-invasive forms of treatment, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AF). This is especially true if arthritis pain isn’t alleviated by medication and interferes with functioning, the AF states.

Total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement are common procedures, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Total replacement involves replacing the ball of the shoulder with a prosthesis. Reverse shoulder replacement is effective for conditions like a torn rotator cuff, the AAOS states. In this procedure, the ball and socket of the shoulder are replaced; the ball is actually attached to the shoulder bone, and the socket is attached to the arm bone, according to the AAOS.

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