Total Shoulder Replacement

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What is a total shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery, sometimes referred to as arthroplasty, is a common medical procedure that is designed to relieve joint pain, improve mobility and help you resume daily activities. The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body and allows us an incredible range of motion. But this also makes it vulnerable to overuse and injury, which can lead to ongoing shoulder pain and discomfort. 

Total shoulder replacement surgery removes the damaged parts of the shoulder joint and replaces them with a ball and stem made from artificial material, usually plastic or metal. The shoulder socket is also resurfaced to support ease of movement. Total shoulder replacement is the third most popular joint surgery after hip and knee, and is considered highly effective in treating common shoulder conditions and persistent pain. Every year, it helps thousands of Australians to regain their quality of life and reclaim movement and flexibility.

Is it right for me?

The decision to proceed with total shoulder replacement surgery is very personal and will depend on many factors such as the amount of pain you are experiencing and the limitations it places on your daily life. You may be suffering from a stiff shoulder joint, pain when reaching forwards, behind or up high, deep joint pain, loss of motion or discomfort when asleep.

These symptoms can all be difficult to manage over an extended period of time, both physically and emotionally. Surgery is usually only considered as a last option. If you are not responding to medication, physiotherapy or rest, it could be a sign you may benefit considerably from shoulder replacement surgery and should seek specialist advice to discuss your options. Left untreated, shoulder pain can worsen and cause further problems with certain arthritic conditions damaging the cartilage, to the extent that replacement surgery becomes necessary.


How much will my shoulder surgery cost?

Understanding the cost of your treatment is an important consideration before committing to surgery, but it’s not always easy to find the information you need. Learn more about the factors which contribute to the cost of your surgery:

Shoulder Surgery - Treatment Costs

What will my treatment and recovery look like?

Familiarising yourself with your treatment program and understanding the recovery process are important steps to take on the pathway to surgery.

Patient journey - Shoulder Replacement


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