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Partial Shoulder Replacement
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to replace the joint surface of the ball (head of humerus) of the shoulder. An incision is made on the front of the shoulder and the shoulder joint is exposed. The worn joint surface of the humerus is removed. A metal stem is placed in the humerus bone and secured. An appropriately sized ball component is then attached to the stem. Once the components are secured the shoulder is checked to ensure appropriate range of motion and stability of the implants.

Common Questions about Partial Shoulder Replacement

What is a partial shoulder replacement?

A partial shoulder replacement involves replacing either the ball or the socket alone.

How long will a partial shoulder replacement last?

Partial shoulder replacements can last ten years or more depending on the age and activity level of the patient.

Who is a good candidate for partial shoulder replacement?

A patient who has isolated pathology or arthritis limited to either the ball or the socket is a candidate.

What is the rehabilitation after a partial shoulder replacement?

Rehabilitation involves wearing a sling for 4 to 6 weeks followed by physical therapy to regain full motion and strength.

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