At UofL Health, we offer several shoulder replacement options for those suffering from advanced shoulder arthritis. Patient-specific procedures allow us to implant replacement components with pinpoint accuracy, and you may be able to go home the same day or the next day comfortably.

Anatomic Shoulder Replacement

Anatomic shoulder replacement preserves the normal anatomic relationship between ball and socket, mimicking normal shoulder anatomy. The diseased humeral head or ball is removed and replaced with a new metallic substitute and the glenoid cavity or socket is resurfaced with a polyethylene or plastic.

The joint maintains its normal position and the new humeral head replacement glides over the plastic resurfacing of the socket.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Reverse shoulder replacement is typically reserved for patients with arthritis resulting from a large rotator cuff tear. As the name implies, reverse shoulder replacement simply reverses the orientation of the ball and socket joint. The socket is reamed into the humerus, and the ball is secured into the scapula.

UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital hasDNV Certification Mark Shoulder Surgery received certification for their Shoulder Surgery Program, demonstrating excellence in orthopedic solutions for shoulder pain and complicated problems the upper extremities.

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