A common instigator of joint replacement surgery is arthritis.
There are several types including:
Is commonly an age-related disease. The cartilage in the shoulder joint softens and wears away, which causes the joint to deteriorate.
This disease affects both men and women and is more commonly found in people aged 50 and above. Osteoarthritis may also develop in younger people though less frequent.
Patients who have osteoarthritis, often experience debilitating stiffness and/or pain. Arthroplastic surgery allows the surgeon to remove the diseased joint and replace it with prosthetics.
Is a long-term autoimmune disorder. It causes chronic inflammation of the synovial membrane (joint capsule). The membrane thickens and over time the inflammation may damage the cartilage. People suffering from this form of arthritis feel pain, stiffness and warmth in their joints.
Post-traumatic Arthritis results from a serious shoulder injury. It begins to develop after trauma and progresses to include tenderness, joint instability, pain, swelling and in general the deterioration of the joint.
If left untreated, fractured bones and torn tendons/ligaments can have a series of aftereffects that harm the articular cartilage of the joint. In severe cases, this type of arthritis may cause a patient to lose shoulder function and experience severe pain.
Rotator Cuff Tear /Arthropathy
A rotator cuff is a series of tendons that belong to the 4 muscles of the shoulder. The cuff stabilises the glenohumeral joint, which oversees the abducting and rotating of the humerus bone.
A rotator cuff tear is when one or more of the tendons tear. This type of injury compromises the function of the shoulder and may even develop from irritation and overuse of the muscles or tendons. A massive tear, if left untreated, may require a special type of prosthesis called a reverse-prosthesis.
Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to the bone is disrupted. Because bone cells die without a blood supply, osteonecrosis can ultimately cause destruction of the shoulder joint and lead to arthritis. Patients who suffer from Osteonecrosis experience a lot of pain. Chronic steroid use, severe fracture of the shoulder, deep sea diving, heavy alcohol use and sickle cell disease are risk factors for avascular necrosis.
A severely fractured shoulder may also be treated with joint replacement surgery. Orthopaedic surgeons recommend arthroplasty if the upper arm bone has shattered and restoring it is impossible. Patients with osteoporosis are more at risk for severe fractures.
Josephides Healthcare Clinic provides arthroplastic treatment for the hips, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, elbows and fingers.
This procedure may be recommended when non-surgical treatments are exhausted and fail to provide relief.