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Learn About Shoulder Replacement Surgery

US News America's Best Hospitals Orthopedics AwardIf you have chronic, severe shoulder pain and/or dysfunction that has not been relieved through non-surgical means such as physical therapy, shoulder replacement surgery may be a suitable treatment option.

Shoulder replacement surgery involves a surgeon replacing damaged or worn sections of the shoulder joint with artificial parts known as prostheses, which help to reduce shoulder discomfort and restore function. Depending on the extent of the joint damage, a surgeon may need to replace only the ball of your shoulder (the top of the humerus bone) or both the ball and socket (glenoid cavity). Variations of this procedure include reverse shoulder replacement and revision shoulder replacement.

Conditions that May Warrant Shoulder Replacement Surgery

There are several health conditions that may warrant a shoulder replacement procedure. Common conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis – Also known as RA, this is a disease characterized by the inflammation and thickening of the synovial membrane that cushions the body’s joints, which causes stiffness and cartilage loss.

  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is an age-related arthritis marked by thinning of the cartilage around the joints, which often results in painful bone-on-bone contact.

  • Severe shoulder trauma – Severe shoulder trauma is a term used to describe one or more severe fractures of the humerus bone.

  • Osteonecrosis – Osteonecrosis is a condition caused by reduced blood flow to joint bones, prompting painful bone deterioration.

Why You Should Choose Tampa General Hospital for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Tampa General Hospital is home to board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who have completed in-depth training to become orthopedic specialists and perform a high volume of complex joint replacement surgeries. In 2019, our surgeons performed over 272 shoulder replacement procedures, part of the more than 4,000 inpatient orthopedic surgical procedures completed annually at TGH. This means that our surgeons perform more orthopedic surgeries than any other facility within West Central Florida, and is a testament to their high level of expertise when it comes to providing comprehensive orthopedic care.

Our shoulder replacement program, in addition to our knee and hip replacement programs, has also earned prestigious certifications from The Joint Commission – an honor reserved for medical facilities that excel in patient education, research, and providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. TGH has also been named in the top 25 of the Nation's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics as well as Best in Florida for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for 2021-22.

If you would like to be referred to the Tampa General Hospital shoulder replacement program, click here to use our online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).