You might require replacement surgery if your shoulder joint gets severely damaged through an injury or you suffer from a degenerative condition like arthritis.
Your surgeon will replace either part or, more usually, your entire shoulder joint with artificial parts.
Your consultant will examine you and ask you to demonstrate certain movements to check how well your shoulder is working.
You might need some additional tests:
Your consultant will then discuss what the most appropriate procedure is for you. This will depend on the condition of the muscles around your shoulder, the stability of your shoulder and the strength of your bones.
There are three types of shoulder replacement surgeries:
You may be required to stay in hospital for up to five days after your operation, depending on how good your general health is and how much assistance you have/will require at home.