The Why and When of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Total shoulder replacement is a common, successful option when conservative treatment isnt effective.

When an arthritis patient hears the phrase joint replacement, a hip or knee usually comes to mind. While its true that more than 900,000 Americans each year will have knee or hip replacement surgery, the number of people requiring shoulder replacement surgery is increasing. Today, about 53,000 shoulder replacements are completed annually, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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