What is a total shoulder replacement?

Dr. Griesser discusses total shoulder replacement. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A total shoulder replacement is a surgery that replaces the bones of the shoulder joint with artificial parts, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The shoulder is made of a ball and socket joint, where the round end of the arm connects into the shoulder opening, according to the NIH. 

During the replacement, the round end of the arm bone will be replaced with an artificial piece with a round metal end. That end will fit into a socket part that has been replaced by a smooth plastic shell. The shell piece is secured with special cement, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor for more information about a total shoulder replacement. 

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