What is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Shoulder replacement surgery (also known as shoulder arthroplasty) is a procedure in which the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the shoulder joint and replaces it with a replica implant. Once healed, the implant will help the shoulder rotate and glide with ease, both reducing pain and restoring function. This procedure is typically recommended for patients experiencing chronic, disruptive shoulder pain, tears, fractures, arthritis, or other conditions that could not be successfully treated through lifestyle modifications and non-operative treatments.
Shoulder Replacements at Atlantic Orthopaedics
At Atlantic Orthopaedics, we remain up to date on the latest orthopedic technologies to ensure you receive unparalleled patient care. We are pleased to offer both anatomic shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder replacements in order to meet your individual patient needs.
During the procedure, Dr. Mayo Noerdlinger and his experienced surgical team will utilize Exactech 3D computer navigation and GPS to obtain a comprehensive look into the damaged joint. This technology allows the surgical team to confidently map out and preplan the procedure. Shoulder surgery is constantly evolving in order to develop new, minimally invasive techniques to reduce pain and offer quicker recovery. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Noerdlinger.
Shoulder Replacements Offered
- Anatomic Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement
All shoulder surgeries currently take place at either York Hospital or Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where our surgical teams have staff privileges. Beginning in the Spring of 2021, we will also offer select shoulder surgery procedures at our new ambulatory surgical center located on-site at our offices in Portsmouth, NH.
Conditions, Injuries Treated
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Labral Tears of the Shoulder
- Avascular Necrosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Severe Fracture or Trauma
Shoulder Replacement Candidates
Shoulder replacement surgery is most common in adults 50 years or older and most patients have been suffering from severe pain, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, or other shoulder conditions that are affecting their shoulder function and quality of life. All shoulder surgery candidates are those who have not, do not, or will not be effectively treated through non-operative measures like rest, physical therapy, or injections.
Our surgical screening process starts with a clinical evaluation of your shoulder pain and personal and family health history. Most often, advanced imaging is ordered — like x-ray, MRI, EMG, ultrasound, or CT Scans — to be sure our diagnosis is accurate. This information is combined to determine our recommended treatment course. In all cases, we will work with you, other healthcare professionals like your PCP or health services like a lab, as well as your family, to be sure everyone clearly understands the benefits, risks, and expected recovery timelines related to any treatment.
Shoulder Replacement Consultations
Reach out to schedule a consultation to discuss your shoulder pain. Our teams are here to help you determine if shoulder surgery is the best path forward or if another treatment option is advised.
More Info | Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Learn what to expect in shoulder replacement surgery and why post-operative care is critical to protecting and extending the life of your shoulder replacement.
Prior to your surgery, it is crucial you meet with your orthopedic shoulder surgeon to receive a full evaluation. This evaluation may include diagnostic metrics such as X-ray, blood tests, or MRI to help best inform your care and avoid potential complications.
During shoulder surgery, you will be given the anesthesia that is most appropriate for you to prepare for the procedure. In the operating room, your surgeon will create an incision on the shoulder in order to access the damaged bone and joint. The size and location of the incision will depend on the approach used. Minimally invasive techniques, including a direct anterior or posterior approach, have been developed to minimize soft tissue damage and reduce overall recovery time. Once the bone is accessed, the surgeon will remove the damaged or diseased cartilage and bone and replace it with a replica implant.
While surgery of any kind can feel incredibly daunting, our providers are here to guide you every step of the way. Talk to one of our expert physicians to help establish your treatment plan today. Call our offices at 603-431-1121 (Portsmouth, NH) or 207-363-3490 (York, ME).
After your shoulder replacement surgery, you will be monitored by hospital support staff until the anesthesia wears off. Some patients are eligible to go home day-of surgery.
Recovery time at home will range depending on the patients’ condition and adherence to post-op protocols. Our staff will work with you to develop individualized post-operative care that supports the healing and longevity of the artificial shoulder joint. Common recovery protocols are:
- Daily Exercise and Movement, with limitations
- Wound Care Management
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Infection prevention
- Post-Op follow up with the surgeon
Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery Right for You?
Discuss your shoulder pain and treatment options with our specialists.
Treating Providers | Shoulder Replacements
We offer shoulder replacement surgery to people of all ages and abilities in the Seacoast and beyond. Learn how we can help you.