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

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Dr. Kevin Stone
Sports Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Stone
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Shoulder arthroplasties are technically challenging and require an expertise developed either with prior experience or a shoulder fellowship, or preferentially both.
Dr. Brian Badman
Not all orthopedic surgeons are trained equally. Agree...shoulder replacement can be a technically challenging procedure. The average orthopedist performs less than 5 shoulder replacements per year. A busy shoulder replacement surgeon does more than 40/year. I would recommend by starting your search by looking at the ASES (shoulder and elbow society) as this lists all the fellowship trained specialists in your area. Not all may be listed as this is a very prestigious society but will give you a good start. Your primary care physician unfortunately may be tied into their local hospital so their recommendation may not always be the best choice.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Shoulder specialist

Research orthopedic surgeons in your area who have sub specialty training in shoulder surgery (usually shoulder/elbow or sports medicine/shoulder fellowship).
Academic medical centers with large orthopedic departments typically have a surgeon who specializes in shoulder arthroplasty. If you have any reservations get a second or third opinion. Your primary doc can usually help your search.

In brief: Shoulder specialist

Research orthopedic surgeons in your area who have sub specialty training in shoulder surgery (usually shoulder/elbow or sports medicine/shoulder fellowship).
Academic medical centers with large orthopedic departments typically have a surgeon who specializes in shoulder arthroplasty. If you have any reservations get a second or third opinion. Your primary doc can usually help your search.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Orthopaedic surgeon

Shoulder replacements are performed by orthopaedic surgeons.
Some orthopaedic surgeons do a fellowship in shoulder and elbow, hand or upper extremity surgery and are better equipped to handle this type of surgery. Always check that your surgeon is board certified and performs the procedure regularly.

In brief: Orthopaedic surgeon

Shoulder replacements are performed by orthopaedic surgeons.
Some orthopaedic surgeons do a fellowship in shoulder and elbow, hand or upper extremity surgery and are better equipped to handle this type of surgery. Always check that your surgeon is board certified and performs the procedure regularly.
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Shoulder surgeon

You should try to find a surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery.
Surgeons who perform procedures frequently have been shown to achieve better outcomes with less complications that the surgeon who performs them occasionally. I recommend you speak to friends, neignbors, your pcp, and physical therapists. Once you do your homework, interview them for the job! good luck!

In brief: Shoulder surgeon

You should try to find a surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery.
Surgeons who perform procedures frequently have been shown to achieve better outcomes with less complications that the surgeon who performs them occasionally. I recommend you speak to friends, neignbors, your pcp, and physical therapists. Once you do your homework, interview them for the job! good luck!
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Dr. Rick Pospisil
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Joint replacement

First you should have several opinions as to the appropriate treatment as this is a big step for a 31 yo.
You should ask for referrals to orthopedic surgeons that have experience with them. Ask your regular dr to recc an Ortho dr who should be able to give u direction to the established shoulder replacement surgeon in your area

In brief: Joint replacement

First you should have several opinions as to the appropriate treatment as this is a big step for a 31 yo.
You should ask for referrals to orthopedic surgeons that have experience with them. Ask your regular dr to recc an Ortho dr who should be able to give u direction to the established shoulder replacement surgeon in your area
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Dr. Rick Pospisil
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