Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Deciding have shoulder replacement surgery means you won’t have to live with shoulder limitations or pain any longer. San Diego’s trusted orthopedic surgeon, Oke Anakwenze, MD performs numerous total shoulder replacement surgeries with great success. Whether you have arthritis, a torn rotator cuff, a dislocated shoulder, or other shoulder issue that requires you to go through a shoulder replacement procedure, Dr. Anakwenze always welcomes new patients. Call his office or use the online booking feature, to schedule your first appointment.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a total shoulder replacement?

You’re generally considered a good candidate for a total shoulder replacement if you have an intact rotator cuff and bone-on-bone damage, possibly from osteoarthritis. When Dr. Anakwenze performs a total shoulder replacement surgery he replaces all of the damaged surfaces in your shoulder joint. This involves attaching a metal ball to a long stem, which attaches to your humerus (upper arm bone). He also relines the socket part of your joint with plastic.

If your bones are strong enough, Dr. Anakwenze only has to press the components into place. But if you have severe arthritis or if your bones are soft, he may have to cement your artificial shoulder joint components in place — this is most common.

Why would I need a reverse shoulder replacement?

If you have a major rotator cuff injury or tear, you could be in need of a reverse shoulder replacement procedure. A traditional total shoulder replacement replaces your ball and socket joint with artificial parts, without changing the anatomy of your shoulder. While a reverse shoulder replacement is similar, Dr. Anakwenze simply reverses the ball and socket placement.

He attaches the ball to your socket, then creates a new artificial socket at the top of your humerus, or upper arm bone. This type of shoulder replacement is beneficial for men and women who have rotator cuff issues because rather than relying on your rotator cuff muscles for arm movement, you start using different muscles. With the reverse shoulder replacement, your deltoid muscles power your arm movements instead, which takes pressure off your rotator cuff.

How is an anatomical shoulder replacement performed?

When arthritis pain and damage make even a simple daily task almost impossible, it’s time to consider an anatomical shoulder replacement surgery. As a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Anakwenze finds exactly which components of your shoulder are weak and damaged from arthritis.

Using state-of-the-art modern materials, he seamlessly replaces bone or cartilage with implants. Usually these implants are made of plastic or metal, depending on your needs. As you start recovering and going through physical therapy, your pain level continues to decrease, since you have a new reconstructed shoulder.