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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Partial Shoulder Joint Replacement (Overview)

A shoulder hemiarthroplasty (literally half a joint replacement) is when the shoulder end of the humerus bone, where it articulates with the glenoid or shoulder socket is replaced. The glenoid part is not replaced in this procedure. This procedure is sometimes done after fractures that may not be optimal for fracture reconstruction due to severity of the fracture or poor healing potential.


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What is the definition or description of: partial shoulder joint replacement?

What is the definition or description of: partial shoulder joint replacement?

Replace humerus part: A shoulder hemiarthroplasty (literally half a joint replacement) is when the shoulder end of the humerus bone, where it articulates with the glenoid or shoulder socket is replaced. The glenoid part is not replaced in this procedure. This procedure is sometimes done after fractures that may not be optimal for fracture reconstruction due to severity of the fracture or poor healing potential. ...Read more

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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Partial Shoulder Joint Replacement (Overview)

A shoulder hemiarthroplasty (literally half a joint replacement) is when the shoulder end of the humerus bone, where it articulates with the glenoid or shoulder socket is replaced. The glenoid part is not replaced in this procedure. This procedure is sometimes done after fractures that may not be optimal for fracture reconstruction due to severity of the fracture or poor healing potential.


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What is the definition or description of: shoulder joint replacement?

What is the definition or description of: shoulder joint replacement?

See below: Typically a shoulder replacement is an artificial step which fits into the humerus and usually includes a cup to fit into the socket of the glenoid usually it is done for severely comminuted proximal humeral fractures or rheumatoid arthritic patients who have severe pain and limitation of motion. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a shoulder joint replacement done?

Find specialist: You will want to search for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in a shoulder joint replacement. Make sure they have performed many of these surgeries before moving forward with the procedure. Ask your primary care physician or if you know an orthopedic surgeon for referrals. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: total shoulder joint replacement?

What is the definition or description of: total shoulder joint replacement?

Total Shoulder : In a total shoulder arthroplasty, the arthritic parts of the shoulder are replaced. A metal ball is used to replace the humeral head and the glenoid (socket) is resurfaced with a piece of plastic. ...Read more

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How is the shoulder rehabilitated after a joint replacement surgery?

How is the shoulder rehabilitated after a joint replacement surgery?

Carefully: Usually, the subscapularis, one of the rotator cuff muscles is detached to enter the shoulder joint. This needs to heal for there to be a working shoulder. Usually, people are protected in a sling for 4 weeks. Only simple exercises are used during this time period. Following this therapy continues for 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I am 59 yrs old getting my 3rd joint replacement. I have had a shoulder, a hip& I am soon replacing my other shoulder. Is there artificial cartilage?

I am 59 yrs old getting my 3rd joint replacement. I have had a shoulder, a hip& I am soon replacing my other shoulder. Is there artificial cartilage?

Yes: Actually cartilsage can be grown in the lab and can be used to replace the cartilage lost naturally from joints. It can be harvested from your natural cartilage and grown in tissue culture then replanted into the joint. ...Read more

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Is it possible?To ?Replace an injured AC shoulder joint with an artificial joint?

Is it possible?To ?Replace an injured AC shoulder joint with an artificial joint?

No need: If the problem is painful arthritis, the joint can be safely removed, called a distal clavicle resection. If the joint is unstable because of injured cc ligaments, the ligaments can be reconstructed. ...Read more

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What can be anticipated for a partial shoulder replacement?

What can be anticipated for a partial shoulder replacement?

Major surgery: A partial or total shoulder replacement is the same thing in terms of how major the surgery is. It is an open incision on the shoulder and the ball is taken out with a metal replacement put in. Typically 1 - 2 day hospital course. Sling for 6 weeks with physical therapy. Full recovery can be about 5 - 6 months. Is this for you? That is young to do it, unless you have necrosis of the shoulder. ...Read more

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What to expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

What to expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

3-6 month recovery: Time. This will be a painful surgery but, assuming you have a good orthopedist, you will most likely have improved range of motion and less pain after recovery. You may experience some nerve damage to smaller nerves in the area, but this normally recovers in the normal rehab time. There are risks and you should speak to your ortho about these. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What should I expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

Rehabilitation/Rest: In order to perform a partial shoulder replacement, one of the rotator cuff tendons are cut, then reattached. Because of this, the tendon needs time to heal. A period of rest if necessary to protect this healing before starting rehabilitation. A partial replacement lasts considerably longer overall, but has the drawback of residual pain from not replacing the socket side of the joint. ...Read more

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What should be anticipated postop for a partial shoulder replacement?

What should be anticipated postop for a partial shoulder replacement?

Why a partial?: A partial or hemi-arthroplasty is a good option for a proximal humerus fracture or for a young person with avascular/osteo necrosis of the humeral head. For arthritis of the glenohumeral joint (shoulder), a total shoulder arthroplasty is the best option. Pain relief after a hemi-arthroplasty lasts about 5 years. Both hemi & total arthroplasties require 6 weeks of restricted motion and therapy. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident in 1998 and had to have a partial shoulder replacement. Never since then it has been hard for me to sing or to speak for long.

I was in a car accident in 1998 and had to have a partial shoulder replacement. Never since then it has been hard for me to sing or to speak for long.

May be separate inju: It may not related tot eh shoulder direclty but may be something else, either a separate injury, not related to teh injur or if you had a breathing tube for one reason or another. It would best to see an Ear Nose Throat physician ...Read more

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Given that you can't get a joint replacement since navicular isn't one, how would they treat AVN of the tarsal navicular?

Given that you can't get a joint replacement since navicular isn't one, how would they treat AVN of the tarsal navicular?

Avascular necrosis: AVN refers to a disruption of the vascular supply to a bone. Early treatment involves protecting the bone from stress. If late in the process and bone has been damaged beyond repair then either bracing or surgical joint fusion can be considered. Consult a podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist to evaluate and discuss treatment plan. ...Read more

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How much pain is normal after shoulder replacement surgery?

How much pain is normal after shoulder replacement surgery?

Shoulder replacement: Pain from the arthritis is often much better right away. Pain from the surgery may be significant initially, but responds well to meds. Happiest patients in my practice. ...Read more

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How do I know if shoulder replacement surgery is the best thing for me?

How do I know if shoulder replacement surgery is the best thing for me?

Talk to your doctor: Joint replacement is not to be taken lightly. No man made joint will work as well as what you were born with. When pain and dysfunction start to affect quality of life, joint replacement surgery becomes a reasonable option. Talk to a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, who specializes in shoulder replacement surgery. Overall, the function and pain relief are quite good. ...Read more

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Before joint replacement do you explore other options?

Yes: Joint replacement surgery is not an easy affair. Talking to an orthopedic surgeon about strategies to avoid it is a smart option. Surgery is the last place to start. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is joint replacement with an artificial joint?

What sort of problem is joint replacement with an artificial joint?

Whiich joint?: Which joint disc hip shoulder knee elbow wrist ankle finger pipj mcp. ...Read more

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Could successful joint replacement be done on the small finger?

Could successful joint replacement be done on the small finger?

Not commonly done : These are not commonly performed because the history of finger joints has not be so good. They dont last long and they loosen out of the bone and the tendons pull the fingers off to the side over time. Probably not the choice most orthopaedic surgeons would choose for themselves except in a few circumstances. Fusion of a painful arthritic finger joint is probably the better option. ...Read more

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Dr. Mena Mesiha
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Shoulder Joint Replacement (Definition)

Typically a shoulder replacement is an artificial step which fits into the humerus and usually includes a cup to fit into the socket of the glenoid usually it is done for severely comminuted proximal humeral fractures or rheumatoid arthritic patients who have severe pain ...Read more


Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Artificial Joint (Definition)

An "artificial joint" is a term describing a joint that has been operated on and typically replaced by a synthetic joint with the goal of improving pain and/or function of the joint. A common example is a patient who has a painful, arthritic knee and undergoes ...Read more