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Total Shoulder Replacement

Fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Orlando Sabbag, is one of San Antonio's most sought-after shoulder replacement experts. He is renowned for his cutting edge technology which often results in better outcomes and faster recovery.

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Do I Need Total Shoulder Replacement?

Total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, is a procedure in which damaged portions of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components in order to reduce pain and restore range of motion. During a shoulder replacement, patients will require one of two options: replacement of the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the head of the humerus bone as well as the glenoid (ball and socket).

There are several conditions that can cause severe shoulder pain and loss of mobility that typically lead patients to consider shoulder replacement surgery, including osteoarthritis (“age-related wear and tear”), rheumatoid arthritis (“inflammatory arthritis”), severe trauma or injury (fractures), and failed previous shoulder replacement surgery.

Although shoulder replacement surgery is less common than knee or hip replacements, it’s a highly successful treatment for those suffering from severe pain and stiffness caused by injury or end-stage arthritis. However, patients should only undergo shoulder replacement after more conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief and restore the use of the shoulder.

Find out if this procedure is right for you by taking our free assessment below.

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Am I a Candidate for Total Shoulder Replacement?

If you’re suffering from debilitating shoulder pain due to a chronic condition or injury and other more conservative treatments have failed to provide relief, it may be time for a knee replacement.

You may need shoulder replacement surgery if:

  • You’re experiencing severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities
  • You’re experiencing constant pain, even while resting
  • You’re experience loss of motion and/or weakness in the shoulder
  • Medication, injections, and therapy have failed to provide relief

If you choose to have shoulder replacement surgery, your options may include both partial and total shoulder replacement depending on your unique condition. To find out if you’re a candidate contact our Patient Advocates.

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