Shoulder surgeons in Denver
Whether you've been injured or have a chronic condition, we help you overcome shoulder pain.
We understand how much shoulder discomfort can impact your ability to perform daily activities. At OrthoONE, in Colorado's Rocky Mountain Region, our specialists perform shoulder replacements that eliminate discomfort and rebuild strength and functionality.
Conditions that may need shoulder replacement surgery
When experiencing chronic shoulder pain, it is usually best to begin treatment with nonsurgical methods. These can include anything from anti-inflammatory medications to lifestyle adjustments meant to avoid aggravating your shoulders. If these treatments prove ineffective, your doctor may recommend surgery. For example, you may need shoulder replacement surgery if you're experiencing:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff issues
- Traumatic injuries
- Wear-and-tear injuries
Services we offer for shoulder replacements
Whether you need partial or total shoulder replacement surgery, our experienced shoulder specialists explore all possible surgical options to relieve pain and improve your overall function.
Types of procedures we offer
Your shoulder is comprised of a ball (humerus bone) and a socket (glenoid). This joint is surrounded by a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. When the bones, socket or rotator cuff get injured or torn, it can lead to pain and loss of function. For example, if you have an overuse injury or chronic condition, your cartilage may be worn down so much that you experience painful bone-to-bone contact. To fix this, shoulder replacement surgery replaces the damaged portions of your shoulder's joint with prosthetics.
We offer surgeries that replace the ball or both the ball and the socket. No treatment plan is one-size-fits-all, so we design our strategy based on what is right for you and you alone.
Total shoulder replacement
Shoulder arthritis typically affects your entire joint. Since total shoulder replacement surgery addresses your entire joint, it is historically the most common procedure used to treat unmanageable shoulder arthritis. During the procedure, both the ball and socket are replaced, and the damaged cartilage is removed. In most instances, the ball is replaced with a metal prosthetic and the socket is replaced with plastic. We also provide alternatives to metal and plastic prostheses if you have allergies to nickel, plastic or the implant fixation product (sometimes called "bone cement").
Partial shoulder replacement
A partial shoulder replacement, or, hemiarthroplasty, is when only the head of your joint is replaced. It may be recommended when only the ball side of the joint is damaged, which is what typically occurs from an injury or acute condition. This type of procedure is usually considered if your socket is basically still in good condition.
Reverse total shoulder replacement
While a total shoulder replacement replaces the ball and socket in their current positions, a reverse total shoulder replacement places them in opposite positions. This strategy is used when certain fractures or damaged rotator cuff tendons make a standard total shoulder replacement impossible or impractical.
Our shoulder replacement specialists
Whether you are seeing our shoulder surgeon at OrthoONE at Swedish Medical Center or our shoulder surgeon at OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, you will be treated by a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. They specialize in general orthopedics, sports medicine and a variety of surgical treatments. With decades of experience to draw from, these surgeons provide full-service shoulder care and perform total shoulder replacements, reverse shoulder replacements, fracture treatments and rotator cuff repairs.
When surgical intervention is necessary, both of our surgeons use minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques whenever possible so that you recover faster and get back to living the life you want.