UC San Diego Health's Center for Joint Care is a high-volume surgery center for shoulder replacement, resurfacing and reconstruction.
We have the experience and specialized expertise to perform highly technical surgical procedures to treat painful shoulder disorders and restore your range of motion.
Our orthopedic surgeons handle everything from arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs to total joint replacement.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of the:
Scapula - the shoulder blade
Humerus - the upper arm bone. Its rounded head fits into the shoulder socket
Glenoid - the shoulder socket
Cartilage - smooth, flexible tissue that protects and covers the ends of your bones at a joint and enables them to glide over each other without friction
Muscles and tendons
Shoulder Replacement Options
Shoulder replacement involves replacing the bones of the shoulder joint with artificial components. After careful evaluation of your specific condition, the team at the Center for Joint Care may recommend one of a number of shoulder replacement options:
Total shoulder replacement (TSR), or
total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA): This involves replacing both the ball (head of the humerus bone) and the socket (glenoid) of the shoulder joint. The replacement ball is attached to a stem which is secured into the humerus.
Reverse total shoulder replacement: A reverse total shoulder replacement switches the location of the ball and socket to enable a person to use different muscles for shoulder movement. The ball is attached to the shoulder bone and the socket is attached to the humerus.
Partial shoulder replacement
or hemiarthroplasty: This involves replacing just the head of the humerus (the ball) and is used when the socket (glenoid) is healthy and doesn't need to be replaced.
or resurfacing hemiarthroplasty: Young, active patients with joint degeneration only at the head of the humerus may be candidates for resurfacing. Shoulder resurfacing involves capping the head of the humerus with a Copeland prosthesis and eliminates the need for a long-stem implant.
The joint care team at UC San Diego Health sees patients in Hillcrest and La Jolla. Our upper extremity surgeons also perform elbow and wrist replacements.
Talk to the shoulder experts today. Call 858-657-8200.