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Shoulder resurfacing hemiarthroplasty surgery explained
Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty is a specific type of partial shoulder joint replacement surgery. Some cases of shoulder damage that require surgery are limited enough where the top of the arm only needs a cap-like prosthesis instead of full replacement. A resurfacing hemiarthroplasty can help restore function to the joint if the shoulder socket is relatively intact.
People diagnosed with a shoulder issue that is causing debilitating symptoms need solid information when looking into surgical options, take a moment to read the following information. USA Spine Care is committed to patient education as a key element of patient-centric care. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with questions or to learn more about treatment options.
Who can resurfacing hemiarthroplasty help?
Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty typically treats patients dealing with these shoulder injuries or conditions:
- Mild to moderate arthritis of the shoulder where the upper arm has damage but the shoulder socket remains relatively intact
- Rotator cuff injuries where there is a higher risk of shoulder socket implant failure, particularly in young and active patients
With shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff tears, conservative care is almost always the initial form of treatment. Surgery will usually not be recommended until doctors and patients determine nonsurgical treatments have been exhausted. When recommended, resurfacing hemiarthroplasty can relieve pain and restore function in the shoulder and arm.
Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty procedure overview
Approaches to resurfacing hemiarthroplasty vary. Surgeons can perform this procedure in a hospital setting using traditional techniques or in an outpatient center using a minimally invasive approach.
For both types, resurfacing hemiarthroplasty typically consists of these steps:
- The surgeon enters the shoulder through an incision
- The top of the humerus is resurfaced and fitted with a prosthetic placed over the ball of the upper arm bone, or humerus
- Any necessary soft tissue will be carefully reattached and the incision closed
Recovery time for partial shoulder replacement surgeries vary from patient to patient and by type. Your post surgical staff will provide detailed instructions for incision care and rehabilitation. Patients should expect to wear a sling for about a month and will be unable to drive during this time. Physical therapy and rehabilitation is critical to the recovery process, helping to restore function and increase strength and range of motion in the shoulder.
Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty cost considerations
Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty cost is generally determined by a number of factors. This includes the specific type of procedure, the type of implant and the insurance carrier. Medicare does cover resurfacing hemiarthroplasty when deemed medically necessary by a physician. At USA Spine Care, we accept Medicare, most private health insurances, workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. A member of our team will be able to answer your questions about cost for conservative and surgical treatments.
USA Spine Care can help you start your journey to relief
For information about treatments for shoulder injuries that can help you get back to the people and activities you love, get in touch with USA Spine Care today. Our highly skilled physicians have decades of combined experience in helping patients find the lasting relief they deserve.
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