Anatomic total shoulder replacement surgery is a joint replacement procedure most commonly performed on patients suffering from extreme arthritic conditions. Anatomic total shoulder replacement surgery replaces the damaged bone and cartilage with a plastic or metal implant. A metal ball is used to replace the humeral head, while a polyethylene cup becomes the replacement of the glenoid socket. Once in place, patients will feel alleviation from the intense and ongoing pain they were once used to.
An anatomic shoulder replacement also restores the anatomy of the shoulder virtually back to normal. When one’s normal anatomy is recreated, the result is not only better restoration of function but also better loading and durability of the replacement parts. In addition to having no pain, individuals who have an anatomic shoulder replacement typically completely regain their normal shoulder motion and function.