Shoulder Treatments and Shoulder Resurfacing

What is Total Shoulder Replacement?

Total shoulder replacement involves replacing the arthritic humeral head (ball) with a metal ball and resurfacing the glenoid (socket) with polyethylene (plastic). The subscapularis muscle, one of the four rotator cuff muscles, must be cut to expose the joint. This muscle is repaired at the end of surgery but must be protected while it heals. Surgery typically last two to four hours in routine cases.

Shoulder Resurfacing?

The Copeland Humeral Resurfacing Head is a minimally invasive implant. The Copeland Implant, unlike a total shoulder implant, is designed to cap only the top of the humerus. The implant requires less bone and cartilage removal, which makes it much more conservative than total joint implants.

In addition to osteoarthritis, there are several indication for the Copeland Implant including rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis and correction of deformity. Patients must have a functioning or reconstruct able rotator cuff to be candidates for the Copeland Implant.

The Copeland Implant's design allows patients to potentially recover more quickly and with less pain. The Copeland Humeral Resurfacing Head is also potentially less complicated to replace should future revision total shoulder replacement procedures become necessary.

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