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Shoulder & Elbow


Shoulder & Elbow

Joint replacement

The shoulder joint can become arthritic for a variety of reasons, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, progressive rotator cuff disease and post-traumatic arthritis.

There are different designs of replacement based on the cause of your arthritis. Joint replacement is an appropriate treatment option when all non-surgical management fails to adequately control the pain of the arthritis.

As with replacement of the hip and knee, shoulder replacement involves removal of the arthritis surfaces, with replacement using synthetic material. This is most commonly a combination of metal and plastic (polyethylene).

To view the outcomes of shoulder joint replacement in Australia, please visit theĀ Australian Joint Replacement Registry.