How Do I Know If I Need Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
When your shoulder pain begins to actually interfere with the activities you need to do or enjoy, it may be time to discuss with your orthopedic surgeon what options you have going forward. Other symptoms/signs that you may need to pursue Total Shoulder Replacement may include:
Total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), is a tremendously successful procedure for treating the severe pain and stiffness that often result at the end stage of various forms of arthritis or degenerative joint disease of the shoulder joint. The primary goal of shoulder replacement surgery is pain relief, along with restoring shoulder motion, strength and function. Many patients return to the sports activities they enjoy participating in like tennis, golf, swimming and yoga.
Orthopedic surgeons generally try to delay total shoulder replacement for as long as possible in favor of less invasive treatments. If you have advanced joint disease, shoulder replacement may offer the best chance for relief from pain and a return to normal activities.