Shoulder Replacement

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Saint Thomas Midtown and West
615.284.BONE (2663)

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
615.396.5237



Shoulder replacement is less common than knee and hip replacement but is just as successful in relieving joint pain. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. Total shoulder replacement surgery generally includes replacing the joint surface with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket.

Saint Thomas Health has become a leader in shoulder replacement by caring for more patients with a focus on high-quality care. Our shoulder replacement surgeons have studied with pioneers from leading-edge medical centers. They have also helped develop instrumentation for surgery and rehabilitation protocols for patients undergoing shoulder replacement.

Reverse shoulder replacement is also available from Saint Thomas Health and is ideal for those who may have a completely torn rotator cuff and the effects of severe arthritis or a previous shoulder replacement that has failed. A new joint is created. The socket goes where the ball was and the ball where the socket was to re-establish the mechanical advantage to the remaining muscle. The procedure helps relieve pain and restore mobility.

To better understand surgical treatment options for the shoulder, call 615.284.BONE (2663).