Total Shoulder Replacement

About Total Shoulder Replacement

Advances in implant design have made total shoulder replacement, also called shoulder arthroplasty, a viable option for many people. Total shoulder replacement is effective at relieving the pain of arthritis and restoring function to the joint. This lessens the chance of developing adjacentjoint arthritis.

During a total shoulder replacement, the damaged cartilage and bone is removed and replaced with artificial parts—specifically, a metal ball and plastic socket—to restore the function of the joint.

After surgery, you will feel some pain, but your surgeon and nurses will provide medication to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Pain management is an important part of your recovery. Physical therapy will begin soon after surgery, and when you feel less pain, you can start moving sooner and get your strength back more quickly.

Outpatient Shoulder Replacement

Outpatient shoulder replacement is just like traditional shoulder replacement, except that patients go home the same day and recover in their own home. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Stemless Shoulder Replacement

In stemless shoulder replacement, the size of the artificial parts used to replace the shoulder joint is smaller. This results in smaller incisions and typically, a faster recovery. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Our Specialists



  • Phone: 410-560-3480

Hunt Valley

  • Phone: 877-34ORTHO


  • Phone: (410) 751-8800
  • Fax: (410) 751-9354

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

  • Phone: (410) 554-2270
  • Fax: (410) 554-2832

Bel Air

  • Phone: 410-877-8088
  • Fax: (410) 877-8083

Ellicott City

  • Phone: (410) 772-2000
  • Fax: (410) 772-2039


Stemless Shoulder Replacement Surgery

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