If you’ve been told that your shoulder needs to be replaced, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of having to undergo surgery. Fortunately, if you’re in Durham, North Carolina, or a surrounding area, you can place your trust in North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic. Our fellowship-trained surgeons have extensive experience performing shoulder replacement surgery, including total shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder replacements.
Which Type of Shoulder Replacement Surgery Is Right for You?
At North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, we offer total shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder replacements. Each option offers its own set of benefits, and our experienced shoulder surgeons will be able to let you know which one is best suited to your specific condition.
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Total shoulder replacements are the more traditional option. This procedure involves replacing the top of the humerus (the upper arm bone) with a prosthetic ball, and replacing the socket portion of the joint with a prosthetic cup.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery
In some cases — such as where the patient’s rotator cuff has irreparably torn, or cuff tear arthropathy has developed — a traditional total shoulder replacement would worsen pain and range of motion. An alternative option is a reverse shoulder replacement, which involves replacing the top of the humerus with a prosthetic cup, and replacing the socket portion with a prosthetic ball.
Find Out More
If you’d like to know more about the shoulder replacement surgeries we offer for patients in Durham, NC, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today. We’ll be glad to answer your questions, provide you with additional information, and arrange a time for you to meet with one of the experienced shoulder surgeons on our team.