Shoulder arthroplasty (also known as shoulder replacements) can be a daunting prospect, but for those suffering from chronic pain and limited mobility due to shoulder joint issues, it can be a life-changing procedure. Total shoulder replacement surgery is a common solution for individuals with advanced arthritis, severe fractures, or rotator cuff injuries that cannot be corrected through other means.
Let's explore the process behind shoulder replacements, the benefits of shoulder replacement surgery, and how Dr. Kaminsky's expertise and the Lima SMR shoulder system can help restore your shoulder joint function and your quality of life.
How Does a Shoulder Replacement Work?
In order to understand how a shoulder replacement -- or arthroplasty -- works, it's important to know that the shoulder joint is what's known as a 'ball and socket' joint. This means that the ball-shaped head of your upper arm (humerus) fits into a cup-shaped socket (glenoid) on your shoulder blade.
During a shoulder replacement, the damaged humeral head – the top of the upper arm bone – is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. The socket portion of the shoulder joint is known as the glenoid, and this is also replaced with an artificial component, usually made from a medical-grade plastic or metal ball. Both components are held in place with cement and screws.
But how long does shoulder replacement surgery take? With Dr. Kaminsky, this procedure only takes about an hour. Most patients can go home from their surgery on the same day, and most patients who receive arthroplasty from Dr. Kaminsky are able to get back to most of their daily and recreational activities.
Types of Shoulder Joint Replacement
There are several types of shoulder joint replacement that patients may undergo, depending on their individual circumstances and the extent of damage to their shoulder joint. These include:
- Total shoulder replacement surgery: This type of surgery involves replacing both the ball and socket of the shoulder joint with artificial implants. It is the most common type of shoulder replacement surgery, and the Lima SMR shoulder is designed for total shoulder replacements.
- Partial shoulder replacement: In this surgery, only the damaged part of the shoulder joint is replaced with a prosthetic implant. This option is typically only recommended for patients with limited damage to their shoulder joint.
- Reverse total shoulder replacement: This surgery is typically performed when the rotator cuff tendons are severely damaged or torn. The ball and socket of the shoulder joint are reversed, allowing the deltoid muscle to take over the functions of the rotator cuff muscles.
- Reverse shoulder replacement: Similar to reverse total shoulder replacement, this procedure is also used when the rotator cuff tendons are damaged. However, only the ball of the shoulder joint is replaced with an implant, while the socket is left intact.
Dr. Kaminsky will evaluate your specific needs and medical history to determine which type of shoulder replacement procedure is best for you.
The Benefits of Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacement surgery can provide several benefits for those suffering from severe shoulder joint issues, including:
- Improved mobility: After a shoulder replacement, you'll be able to move your shoulder joint more freely, with less pain and stiffness.
- Reduced pain: Shoulder replacements can significantly reduce chronic shoulder pain and discomfort.
- Improved range of motion: After a successful surgery, you'll be able to enjoy an increased range of motion in your shoulder joint.
- Increased strength: Over time, the artificial implants used in shoulder replacement surgery will strengthen the joint, allowing you to use it more freely.
Dr. Kaminsky and the Lima SMR Shoulder System
Dr. Sean Kaminsky is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder replacements, utilizing the state-of-the-art Lima SMR shoulder system – a total shoulder replacement system designed to provide durable and long-lasting total shoulder replacements.
The Lima SMR uses a patented metallic structure that has been 3D printed to mimic the makeup of bone. This makes it a very strong and reliable joint replacement option that minimizes the risks associated with other shoulder replacements. It also providers better integration with the surrounding tissue to ensure better stability and durability over time.
When Is Arthroplasty Necessary?
While shoulder replacement surgery is sometimes the right call to offer long-term pain relief, it is only recommended in cases of severe and chronic shoulder pain due to conditions like shoulder arthritis, chronic dislocation, or rotator cuff tears that have failed to respond to conservative treatment.
There are a number of non-surgical methods Dr. Kaminsky prefers to leverage before performing a shoulder replacement, such as:
- Physical therapy: A course of physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around your shoulder joint and reduce pain.
- Activity modifications: Altering certain activities in order to minimize stress on the shoulder joint can be helpful in reducing pain.
- Medications: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, are often used to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Injections: Corticosteroid injections are often used to reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint and provide temporary relief from pain.
Dr. Kaminsky is also experienced in providing less invasive surgeries, such as arthroscopic shoulder surgery and rotator cuff repairs. He will help you determine if a shoulder replacement is necessary in order to treat your condition and restore mobility to your shoulder joint.
Visit Nashville's Top Shoulder Orthopedic Specialist
If you're suffering from shoulder pain, contact Dr. Sean Kaminsky at Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics today and schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options. He'll review your medical history, provide an in-depth assessment of your condition, and address any questions or concerns you have about shoulder replacement surgery with the Lima SMR shoulder.