Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of three bones:
Your shoulder blade cradles the ball-shaped head of the humerus, allowing you to move your shoulder in a wide range of motions. During shoulder replacement surgery, we remove the damaged parts of the joint and replace them with artificial joints made of metal and plastic.
Shoulder replacement surgery is a complex procedure. Our experience from performing hundreds of joint replacement procedures each year gives you the best chance for pain-free living.
Our team of surgeons completed focused training (fellowships) in hand and upper extremity surgery, including care for complex shoulder problems. This level of training leads to safer, more accurate procedures. We position replacement devices in precisely the right spot for a new joint that feels more like your own. Get more information about our Hand and Upper Extremity Division.
AHN Orthopaedic Institute surgeons were the first in Pennsylvania to use ExactechGPS® for more precision in shoulder replacement surgery. ExactechGPS provides surgeons with real-time guidance in total shoulder replacement surgery. This advanced platform combines surgeon expertise with a computer system to perform your shoulder surgery a goal of faster recovery.
The most common reason for shoulder replacement surgery is to relieve pain that does not respond to other treatments. Find out more about shoulder pain.
If you are considering shoulder replacement surgery, here’s what to expect: