Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Total shoulder arthroplasty, or total shoulder replacement, is a joint replacement surgery that commonly treats shoulder arthritis at its end stages, when the cartilage lining of the joint has eroded away.

According to Dr. Scott Ellsworth, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow conditions, the appropriate treatment for shoulder arthritis depends on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and their goals of treatment. When non-surgical measures fail to markedly improve symptoms, a total shoulder replacement becomes an option for patients to consider.

Learn more from Dr. Ellsworth about the recovery process and typical outcomes after a total shoulder replacement:

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About Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics

Since 1923, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics has provided high-quality orthopedic care. Our patient care team includes board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists, as well as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, durable medical equipment specialists and more. With two convenient locations in Leawood and Kansas City, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options across all subspecialties of orthopedic medicine.


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