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Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Denver

Swedish’s orthopedic surgeons in Denver are committed to providing effective and lasting orthopedic care for our total shoulder replacement surgery patients. For years, people in the region have been saying, ‘Take me to Swedish’ when they want joint replacement surgery because our experienced surgeons, physical therapists and other medical personnel make up a world-class orthopedic program. We believe that by combining patient education, personalized treatment, physical therapy options (in both in-patient and out-patient settings) and compassion, we give you the best chance to get the most out of your total shoulder replacement surgery.

Tired of not having the quality of life you deserve because of shoulder pain? Sign up for one of our free joint replacement seminars to get started on your journey to a healthier, more active you.

Why Choose Swedish for Orthopedic Surgery?

From helping you plan your joint replacement journey to checking in on your progress and satisfaction months after your operation, Swedish’s joint replacement team is your partner every step of the way. Our state-of-the art orthopedic recovery rooms are designed to give you the maximum amount of comfort during your hospital stay.

What Happens to During Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body because of the relatively unconstrained articulation between the humeral head and the smooth shallow depression called the glenoid. Shoulder motion is provided by the rotator cuff and deltoid muscles.

There are many reasons for shoulder pain, ranging from arthritis to injury. While physical therapy and other non-invasive treatment options are always preferable to surgery, sometimes it is unavoidable. Arthritis can be treated by using two different methods, depending on the severity of the arthritis: glenohumeral fusion or total shoulder replacement. Injuries and other conditions sometimes require joint replacement as well.

The shoulder replacement may involve replacing the humeral component or replacing the humeral component along with the glenoid components, depending on the condition of the surrounding ligaments and the shoulder stability. The glenoid component is inserted first. Then, the humerus is cut at the neck and the prosthesis is inserted into the humeral shaft.

Your physician and the orthopedic team will carefully select the size of your shoulder replacement, so it is individualized to you and your lifestyle. Because each patient is unique, please talk to your physician to find out more about your surgery.

When in place, these components reconstruct the shoulder into a functional joint. After a successful operation, the shoulder is generally less painful and has good motion once you complete our postoperative physical therapy program.