When is shoulder arthroplasty necessary?
Shoulder arthroplasty is necessary either in the case of shoulder arthritis, or in cases of fractures where osteosynthesis is not possible. Specifically, shoulder arthroplasty is the ideal choice in the following situations:
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis
- Arthritis after shoulder tendon tear (cuff tear arthropathy)
- Post-traumatic shoulder arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Aseptic necrosis of the head of the humerus
- Comminuted humerus head fractures
How painful is shoulder arthroplasty?
Shoulder arthroplasty is extremely effective regarding pain reduction. As an operation it does not cause much pain and the patient can move his hand normally after the operation with the use of simple painkillers for 2-3 days.
At what age is shoulder arthroplasty performed?
The typical age at which shoulder arthroplasty is performed is between 60-80 years. Of course there are cases, depending on the problem, in which it can be performed in either younger or older patients.