Total Shoulder Replacement


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What Is Shoulder Replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery replaces the damaged part of your shoulder to recreate the natural contours of the bones in a healthy shoulder.

Primary Shoulder Replacement

During surgery, an incision is made in the front of the shoulder. Once the surgeon exposes the shoulder joint, the surgeon will remove the damaged bone and cartilage. The head of the humerus is then removed and a metal stem is placed into the humeral canal. This provides a stabilizing anchor for the new humeral head.

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Reverse Shoulder Replacement

If the rotator cuff is no longer functioning normally, a surgeon may opt to perform a reverse total shoulder replacement. In this procedure, the anatomy of the shoulder is reversed by attaching a metal ball (glenosphere) to the glenoid and the plastic socket (humeral liner) to the upper humerus. A reverse shoulder replacement empowers the deltoid to become the main functioning muscle in the absence of a healthy rotator cuff.

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Get Back To What You Love: Patient Stories

Larry, Shoulder Replacement Patient

Larry is an orthopaedic surgeon and a woodworker. He received Exactech’s Equinoxe Reverse Shoulder and this is his story.

Jan, Shoulder Replacement Patient

As a grandmother and a gardener, Jan was eager to get back to what she loved after shoulder replacement surgery.