What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

The baby boomer generation is increasingly requiring more medical care, which is causing total shoulder replacement to become a more common shoulder surgery. The best candidate for total shoulder replacement surgery is an older patient with severe pain from degenerative shoulder arthritis – pain that has been unresponsive to conservative treatment but has not severely limited the patient’s range of motion in the shoulder. Those patients do excellently with total shoulder replacement surgery.

In the following video, I cover non-surgical treatment options for shoulder arthritis, what patients should expect following shoulder surgery and more:

For more in-depth information, see my article called Shoulder Pain 101 in Kansas City Health & Wellness Magazine. Patients with other shoulder conditions may find the following information helpful:

Charles E. Rhoades, M.D., board-certified orthopedic surgeonAbout the Author: Charles E. Rhoades, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand and upper extremities. His other areas of expertise involve the shoulder and sports injuries of the knee.


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