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Partial Shoulder Replacement | The Orthopaedic Clinic | Bangalore

Shoulder Replacement

Partial Shoulder Replacement

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Partial Shoulder Replacement | The Orthopaedic Clinic | Bangalore


Partial Shoulder Replacement

Partial shoulder replacement, also called shoulder hemiarthroplasty is a surgical procedure during which the upper bone in the arm (humerus) is replaced with a prosthetic metal implant, whereas the other half of the shoulder joint (glenoid or socket) is left intact.

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What are the indications for shoulder hemiarthroplasty?

Avascular necrosis of humeral head, Is a condition in which the blood supply to the humeral head (ball) is blocked due to some reasons like excessive alcoholism, corticosteroid use, radiation therapy and sickle cell anaemia. As a result, the cells of the head of the humerus will start dying.

  • Tumour: involving the head of the humerus will be required to remove surgically and replace with a metal prosthesis.

  • Trauma: Fracture involving the upper part of the humeral bone, particularly “Neer type iv” fracture in which humeral head will be broken into 4 parts.

  • Osteoarthritis: Arthritis of the shoulder joint with inadequate glenoid (socket) bone stock.

Goals of shoulder hemiarthroplasty

Goals of hemiarthroplasty include :

  • relief of pain

  • improvement in overhead motion, and

  • improvement in strength with overhead activities.​

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