Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Austin Orthopedic Institute

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Austin, Marble Falls, and Bastrop, TX

Shoulder replacement is the third-most common joint replacement procedure performed in the United States today. It can give you pain-free movement again, but there are a few different approaches to this surgery to consider. At the offices of leading orthopedic surgeon Joel H. Hurt, MD, in Marble Falls, Austin, and Bastrop, Texas, Dr. Hurt can correctly diagnose your shoulder pain and explain all your joint replacement options. Learn more about how you can live without shoulder pain by scheduling a consultation online or by phone.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement is a procedure in which Dr. Hurt removes dead and damaged cartilage and other tissue to restore the surfaces of your shoulder joint with plastic and metal prosthetics. 

Joint replacement surgery is an effective, long-term solution for treatment-resistant shoulder pain caused by arthritis, nonhealing fractures, or other causes. 

When should I consider shoulder replacement? 

While your shoulder isn’t a weight-bearing joint, shoulder replacement is still a major decision, so it’s important that you discuss your thoughts, needs, and goals with Dr. Hurt. He wants to help you be as active and pain-free as possible. 

Generally, Dr. Hurt only recommends shoulder replacement to patients who have first tried conservative management, like anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and steroid injections. 

In general, shoulder replacement surgery is only appropriate for serious shoulder arthritis that’s causing major problems in your daily life. In some cases, a minimally invasive surgical approach like shoulder arthroscopy can solve your shoulder pain and associated problems.

What type of shoulder replacement do I need?

Dr. Hurt performs several types of shoulder replacement including: 

Partial shoulder replacement

With partial shoulder replacement, Dr. Hurt restores the head of your humerus (the ball part of the ball-and-socket) using a new metal surface. You retain the socket part of your shoulder joint.

Partial shoulder replacement may be a good option if you have a nonhealing fracture or necrotic humerus bone, or if you have arthritis damage restricted to the humeral head.

Total shoulder replacement

With total shoulder replacement (anatomic shoulder replacement), Dr. Hurt restores both your humeral head and cartilage (the ball-and-socket surfaces). 

Total shoulder replacement is the most common type of shoulder replacement today. It may be a good option if you have severe arthritis damage that causes unrelenting symptoms.

Reverse shoulder replacement 

With reverse shoulder replacement, Dr. Hurt swaps the positions of the ball and socket in your shoulder joint to alter shoulder joint rotation. You need a healthy rotator cuff to have a standard shoulder replacement because your rotator cuff tendons support normal shoulder movement. 

But you can have a reverse shoulder replacement even without a functioning rotator cuff. 

The reverse shoulder replacement allows other shoulder muscles to maintain proper shoulder function.

Dr. Hurt performs CT-guided custom shoulder replacements that offer precision and optimal outcomes. 

If you need shoulder joint replacement, trust an expert orthopedic surgeon who understands your needs. Call the office of Joel H. Hurt, MD, or click the online appointment maker.