For some patients, joint resurfacing can be an alternative to total joint replacement surgery. This surgical procedure replaces only the diseased part of the joint instead of the entire joint, allowing patients to retain much of the natural tissue. If it becomes necessary, patients may be able to have a total joint replacement later. As a result, it is a good option for younger, more active patients who might otherwise postpone surgery.
The procedure is an option for patients with:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fractures of the head of the humerus or upper arm bone
- Mild to moderate joint wear
- Loss of cartilage
- Loss of function
- Pain that does not respond to other treatments
The prosthesis used caps the top of the humerus, which is re-inserted into the cup of the shoulder bone or scapula. The implant requires much less bone and cartilage removal than total joint implants. Patients can recover more quickly and with less pain.
Shoulder joint resurfacing can be an alternative to total replacement for young, or more-active older patients. By replacing only the diseased part of the joint, more of the patient’s natural tissue is retained.
This procedure does not preclude a later total replacement, if needed. The prosthesis replaces only the surface of the ball of the upper arm bone, which is then re-inserted into the shoulder. The implant removes much less bone and cartilage than conventional total shoulder joint implants.
Patients usually have less pain and a faster recovery than traditional total replacement surgery.
Sinai-Grace has orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in open should surgery, including joint resurfacing.
For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital’s orthopaedic services or a referral to a Sinai-Grace orthopaedic surgeon, call 313-966-4800.