Shoulder replacement surgery in Thornton, Colorado

At North Suburban Medical Center, we understand chronic shoulder pain is uncomfortable and can make even the simplest daily activities difficult. Our orthopedic care center in Thornton offers comprehensive shoulder care, and our orthopedic surgeons perform all types of shoulder replacement surgery to relieve shoulder pain.

For more information about shoulder replacement surgery, please call (303) 920-4362.

Shoulder pain may be caused by a number of conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon or muscle strain
  • Wear and tear

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint and is made up of several parts. The humeral head (ball) of your humerus (upper arm bone) rests inside the glenoid (socket) in your shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help hold the ball in the socket. In a healthy shoulder joint, there is cartilage between the bones that allow them to move and rotate without friction.

However, in a damaged shoulder joint, the cartilage may get worn away or the rotator cuff may become weak. These conditions cause shoulder discomfort because the joint is no longer properly cushioned or functioning as it should.

Our orthopedic specialists in Thornton will suggest noninvasive treatments for shoulder pain, such as exercise or medication, before suggesting surgery. However, if nonsurgical treatments do not relieve shoulder pain, shoulder replacement surgery may be an effective option.

Total shoulder replacement surgery

In a total shoulder replacement surgery, your orthopedic doctor replaces both the ball and socket parts of the shoulder joint with artificial metal and/or plastic implants. This creates a new joint that moves freely without friction.

Partial shoulder replacement surgery

In a partial shoulder replacement, your North Suburban orthopedic surgeon replaces only the damaged ball portion of the joint. The ball is replaced with a prosthetic ball, and the original socket remains in place.

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery

Our orthopedic surgeons perform reverse shoulder replacements on patients who have a damaged shoulder joint and a damaged rotator cuff. In this surgery, the normal ball-and-socket is reversed, creating a more stable joint for the patient.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Physical therapy and rehabilitation helps patients who have undergone a shoulder replacement surgery regain range of motion and recover safely. Our inpatient therapy teams will begin rehabilitation as soon as possible while you are still in the hospital to help you on the road to a healthy recovery.