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Shoulder Replacement Surgery at Tampa General Hospital

Shoulder replacement surgery may be a suitable treatment option for patients with severe shoulder pain and dysfunction that cannot be relieved through non-surgical means. During the procedure, damaged or worn sections of the shoulder joint are removed and replaced 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 the shoulder (the top of the humerus bone), or both the ball and socket (glenoid).

There are several health conditions that may warrant shoulder replacement surgery in some patients. Common conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis – A disease characterized by the inflammation and thickening of the synovial membrane that cushions the body’s joints, causing stiffness and cartilage loss.
  • Osteoarthritis – An age-related arthritis marked by thinning of the cartilage around the joints, often resulting in bone-on-bone contact.
  • Severe shoulder trauma – If the humerus has multiple fractures around the surface, joint replacement may be necessary.
  • Osteonecrosis – A condition caused by reduced blood flow to joint bones, prompting painful bone deterioration.

Tampa General Hospital is home to board-certified orthopedic surgeons who perform a high volume of complex joint replacement surgeries. Our shoulder replacement program, in addition to our knee and hip replacement programs, have earned prestigious certifications from The Joint Commission – an honor reserved for medical facilities that excel in patient education, research, and providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. Additionally, TGH has been named a high performing hospital for orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report.

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