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W. Anthony Frisella, MD

Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement surgery involves removing old or damaged bones of the joint and replacing or resurfacing the remaining bone. The bone at the end of your upper arm is shaped like a ball. Muscles and ligaments hold this ball against a cup-shaped part of the shoulder bone. There are a couple types of shoulder replacement approaches.

Traditional shoulder replacement is known as a shoulder arthroplasty. The damaged head of the upper arm bone is replaced with a metal ball and the shoulder socket is replaced with plastic. Reverse shoulder replacement involves placement of the artificial joint in reverse to allow the deltoid muscle at the shoulder to raise the arm. Physical therapy following the procedure helps to ensure the best outcomes.

The surgical technique that is best for you depends on the extent of your injury or condition and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The success of shoulder replacement surgery lies significantly in the experience of the physician completing it.

If you are a candidate for shoulder replacement, Dr. Frisella will thoroughly evaluate your needs and suggest the right surgical approach for you.

For a doctor in St. Charles County who specializes in shoulder surgery such as total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement, call Dr. Frisella at (636) 229-4222 or request an appointment online.