Total Shoulder Replacement Performed in Baltimore

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy - Baltimore

Orthopedic surgeons at The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy, work with patients to diagnose and treat shoulder pain caused by conditions such as shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff, muscle and ligament tears. Patients from the Baltimore region seek Mercy's surgical expertise when it is determined a total shoulder replacement is the best treatment option for pain relief.  

What is a Total Shoulder Replacement?

A shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure to remove and replace damaged parts of the shoulder. The shoulder consists of a ball and socket joint. Either just the ball or both the ball and socket can be replaced during a shoulder replacement. A stem that has a replacement metal ball connected to it is inserted in the arm bone and a plastic cup replaces the socket.

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When is a Total Shoulder Replacement the best option?

When conservative treatment does not relieve shoulder pain, a total shoulder replacement may be among the best treatment options for pain relief from:

  • Osteoarthritis – developed when the shoulder’s cartilage weakens allowing bone to rub on bone
  • Arthritis – developed by either a shoulder fracture or tendon and ligament tears in the shoulder  
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