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Are there surgeries that can help my shoulder osteoarthritis?

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If nonsurgical treatments do not work, 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
  • Replacement of the head of the humerus, or upper arm bone (hemiarthroplasty).
  • Removal of a small piece of the end of the collarbone (resection arthroplasty).

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthritis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Shoulder Region.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Disease Center: Osteoarthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Shoulder Problems.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthritis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Shoulder Region.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Disease Center: Osteoarthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Shoulder Problems.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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