Shoulder joint replacement is one of the many specialties of board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Raterman, MD at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. A well-respected leader in the fields of joint replacement and arthroscopic medicine, Dr. Raterman utilizes the latest surgical breakthroughs to provide outstanding results for his patients, who he believes deserve the very best.

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body and facilitates a variety of everyday movements. Because of its frequent use, this joint is particularly susceptible to painful injuries and degenerative conditions that can make living a normal, active life difficult.

The best course of shoulder pain treatment will vary greatly from patient to patient, but generally speaking, shoulder joint replacement is not considered unless:

  • The patient’s pain is not relieved by more conservative treatment methods, such as physical therapy, bracing, cortisone injections, and anti-inflammatory/pain reliving medication.
  • The patient experiences shoulder stiffness that is severe, considerably limiting the arm’s range of motion and the patient’s ability to live life as he/she normally would.
  • X-ray imaging indicates that arthritis has substantially impacted the joint and surgical intervention presents the best chance for recovery.

During shoulder replacement surgery, the worn or damaged components of the shoulder joint are removed and replaced with artificial prostheses to restore normal joint function. The artificial joint may have two or three components depending on what type of procedure is required, including the humeral component, the humeral head component, and the glenoid component. Dr. Raterman combines muscle-sparing techniques with advanced Stryker prostheses to help provide patients with a streamlined recovery period and a more rapid return to the activities they enjoy.

If you believe you may be a candidate for shoulder joint replacement surgery and would like to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon, you can confidently place your joint health in the hands of Dr. Raterman and our experienced team at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Contact us today to learn more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raterman.

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