The typical total shoulder replacement involves replacing the arthritic or otherwise damaged joint surfaces with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem, and a plastic socket.
The components used in shoulder replacement surgery come in various sizes. They may be either cemented or press fit into the bone.
Patients with osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons are generally good candidates for a total shoulder replacement. Talk with your physician to learn if this surgical procedure meets your needs.