11 doctors weighed in:
When is a shoulder replacement 100% medically necessary?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Never
The only thing that is 100% medically necessary is something that is life or limb saving.
Everything else is about life style and function. If you have pain that you can't treat and poor function, then shoulder replacement is a good option. What you have to ask yourself is whether you can live with things the way they are now? In general, most patients are very happy with their joint replacements.

In brief: Never
The only thing that is 100% medically necessary is something that is life or limb saving.
Everything else is about life style and function. If you have pain that you can't treat and poor function, then shoulder replacement is a good option. What you have to ask yourself is whether you can live with things the way they are now? In general, most patients are very happy with their joint replacements.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Christopher Piller
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rarely
The only absolute indication for a partial or total shoulder replacement would be an unrepairable complex fracture of the upper part of the humerus bone (ball).
Other indications are usually for end stage arthritis or a chronic, unrepairable rotator cuff tear that has resulted in severe pain and loss of function. Joint replacement in general is still usually an elective procedure and over 60y/o.

In brief: Rarely
The only absolute indication for a partial or total shoulder replacement would be an unrepairable complex fracture of the upper part of the humerus bone (ball).
Other indications are usually for end stage arthritis or a chronic, unrepairable rotator cuff tear that has resulted in severe pain and loss of function. Joint replacement in general is still usually an elective procedure and over 60y/o.
Dr. Christopher Piller
Dr. Christopher Piller
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Dr. John Moor
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Almost never
The 2 indications for shoulder replacement are cartilage destruction later causing secondary pain.
Usually arthritis. Medically necessary surgery is to prevent risk to life or limb. Arthritis is neither. However a shoulder can progressively degenerate making a replacement more difficult in late stages of arthritis.

In brief: Almost never
The 2 indications for shoulder replacement are cartilage destruction later causing secondary pain.
Usually arthritis. Medically necessary surgery is to prevent risk to life or limb. Arthritis is neither. However a shoulder can progressively degenerate making a replacement more difficult in late stages of arthritis.
Dr. John Moor
Dr. John Moor
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Dr. Bruce Prager
Shoulder replacement is indicated if the joint has severe degenerative changes that affect your activities of daily living. Also if the rotator cuff is completely torn and not repairable a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty may be a choice depending on your age.
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