Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Can Relieve Arthritis Pain in Sycamore, IL
Total shoulder arthroplasty can be helpful for relieving painful arthritis symptoms that develop after an injury, inflammation, age-related degeneration, or a prior surgery causes damage to the protective cartilage that lines the ball-and-socket shoulder joint, allowing bone-on-bone contact to occur. Because shoulder surgery is extensive and complex, it is generally advised only if a patient’s discomfort is diminishing his or her quality of life. Additionally, shoulder arthroplasty is best performed by an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder treatment. In Sycamore, IL, Midwest Orthopaedic Institute offers precisely this type of highly refined expertise.
The fellowship-trained surgeons at MOI are experienced subspecialists who perform shoulder surgery using advanced techniques. Following an in-depth evaluation, we might recommend total shoulder arthroplasty surgery for a patient who is experiencing:
- Severe shoulder pain that interferes with daily activities or sleep
- Shoulder weakness or limited range of motion
- Moderate but persistent shoulder pain while at rest
- Insufficient improvement with nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and cortisone injections
To restore comfort and function to an arthritic ball-and-socket joint, a surgeon can perform total shoulder arthroplasty to remove the damaged “ball” and affix a smooth metal replacement to the arm bone. The surgeon can then restore the degenerated socket with a high-density polyethylene prosthesis. To help ensure proper healing, the patient must maintain the range of motion achieved through surgery by regularly performing a series of simple exercises, usually beginning immediately after surgery. In order to achieve the best possible outcome from this type of procedure, two factors are critical: the surgeon’s technical excellence, and the patient’s commitment to participating in physical therapy until the desired range of motion is achieved.
If you’d like to discuss total shoulder arthroplasty surgery and alternative treatment options with a shoulder specialist at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Sycamore, IL.