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Shoulder Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis of the Shoulder)

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How Is Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder Treated? continued...

If nonsurgical treatments do not work effectively, there are surgeries available. As with any surgery, there are certain risks and potential complications, including infection or problems with anesthesia. Surgical treatments include:

  • Shoulder joint replacement (total shoulder arthroplasty). Replacing the whole shoulder with an artificial joint is usually done to treat arthritis of the glenohumeral joint.
  • Replacement of the head of the humerus, or upper arm bone (hemiarthroplasty). This option, too, is used to treat arthritis of the glenohumeral joint.
  • Removal of a small piece of the end of the collarbone (resection arthroplasty). This option is the most common surgery for treating arthritis of the AC joint. After the removal of the end of the bone, the space fills with scar tissue.

 

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on May 10, 2012
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