Common Conditions that Require Shoulder Arthroplasty

Your surgeon may recommend total shoulder replacement for the following reasons:

·   Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)

·   Rheumatoid arthritis

·   Post-traumatic arthritis

·   Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)

·   A previous shoulder replacement that was not successful

·   Failure of conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, or physical therapy

Patients with a poorly functioning or torn rotator cuff, an axillary nerve injury, active shoulder infection or severe loss of bone stock on the socket or humerus are not candidates for shoulder replacement.


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