Total Shoulder Replacement
Patients with arthritis in the shoulder joint experience pain when bones in the joint rub together. During shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes arthritic and damaged bone in the shoulder joint, resurfaces the bone and implants a replacement shoulder joint. Prosthetic joints are made of plastic or metal and are specially selected by the surgeon to match the build of a patient's body.
Pain management and use of anesthesia is important and may impact your recovery from surgery. It is essential that you discuss options with your surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Factors to consider include:
- Your past experience wtih anesthesia
- Your current health and physicial condition
- Your reaction to medications
- Risks involved
- Preference of the surgical team
The highly skilled shoulder replacement surgeons at the Joint Replacement Center at Maine Medical Center are at the forefront in Maine and the nation in performing proven, state-of-the-art shoulder replacement surgeries.
We invite you to hear what some of our patients have to say about their experience with a total shoulder replacement at the Joint Replacement Center.