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Shoulder replacement

When nonsurgical options like physical therapy and medication fail to improve chronic shoulder pain, you may need shoulder replacement surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged parts of your shoulder and replace with them artificial components.

Shoulder replacement surgeons in Florida

When shoulder pain reduces your range of motion, it can make even simple, everyday tasks — such as brushing your teeth or putting on clothes — more difficult.

So when traditional methods have not been effective, the orthopedic experts at HCA Florida Healthcare's hospitals are here to provide you access to advanced shoulder replacement surgery. We understand the frustration of living with shoulder pain and immobility. This is why our team partners with patients to create a care plan that is effective but also works for you and your family.

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Conditions treated with shoulder replacement surgery

For most shoulder conditions, our doctors will initially recommend nonsurgical treatment methods. These can include rest, medication management or physical therapy. However, when those methods aren't successful, our doctors may recommend shoulder replacement surgery to help you increase mobility and decrease pain.                                                                                                                                                                                   We offer shoulder replacement surgery to treat a wide range of conditions, such as:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shoulder fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears

Types of shoulder replacement surgery we offer

Shoulder replacement surgery — also referred to as shoulder arthroplasty — is used to relieve shoulder pain and restores range of motion. The surgery usually involves implanting part or all of a prosthetic (artificial) ball and socket device made from metal and plastic. 
To ensure patients receive the care they deserve, we offer different shoulder replacement options:

Partial shoulder replacement

If your doctors feel that part of the shoulder can be salvaged or is still in working condition, partial shoulder replacement surgery replacement may be on option for you.

During a partial shoulder replacement — also referred to as hemiarthroplasty — only the ball of the joint is replaced. This means we get to save part of your healthy shoulder and you get to recover more quickly.

Total shoulder replacement

If your doctor feels that the shoulder is too damaged to get by with a partial replacement, they will likely recommend a total shoulder replacement.

During a total shoulder replacement, both the ball of the arm bone and shoulder blade socket are replaced. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the damaged cartilage and bone and will then implant the prosthetic parts.

Reverse shoulder replacement

This procedure is usually performed when rotator cuff tendons are damaged or certain fractures make a total shoulder replacement impossible.

During a reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and socket are placed in the reverse (opposite) positions. Because of this switch, the ball and socket now rely on new muscles to function, giving the patient more power to move the shoulder. This procedure can be helpful for patients whose shoulders do not function due to muscle tears, where the muscle no longer functions.

Robotic shoulder replacement surgery

When possible, our orthopedic surgeons use advanced robotic technology to perform the procedure. During a robot-assisted shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon controls the robotic system from a console just feet away from the patient.

This innovative technology allows for increased precision and an enhanced view of the surgical site. This often results in more effective outcomes and a shorter healing time for patients.

Our shoulder replacement providers

Our hospitals are connected through a healthcare network dedicated to providing excellent orthopedic care for every patient.

One of the ways we do this is by offering access to teams of collaborative providers who work together to create a treatment plan designed to return you to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible.

Our shoulder replacement surgery team may include:

  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Neurologists

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