Dr. Anil Koganti performs shoulder replacement surgeries in the Dallas Metroplex. Shoulder Replacement is necessary when the patient has severe pain in the shoulder area that limits their ability to move their arm and all other methods to alleviate pain have failed. This can be caused by several factors including rheumatoid arthritis, a badly broken bone or damaged tissue, a tumor around the shoulder, osteoarthritis, or a poor result from a previous shoulder surgery. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with the round end of the arm bone fitting into an opening at the end of the shoulder blade. Holding these two together are muscles and ligaments. Shoulder replacement entails replacing the ends of the damaged upper arm bone, and usually the shoulder bone, by capping them with artificial surfaces lined with plastic and metal. These components are cemented together to hold in place and serve as the new shoulder, usually allowing normal movement.
Dr. Koganti may recommend shoulder surgery after non-surgical methods such as medication and rehab prove ineffective. Each patient case is different but, Dr. Koganti may replace just the ball (partial replacement) or both the ball and the socket (total replacement). Once the new shoulder joint is in place, Dr. Koganti will close the incision with sutures (stitches).
After the surgery is completed, most patients will experience less pain or often no pain in the diseased shoulder. Dr. Koganti may allow patients to resume some tasks gradually or avoid other tasks until the shoulder heals properly. With appropriate rehab and strengthening, the patient will be able to return to activities they enjoy- like golf, swimming, gardening, and bowling. A patient who has shoulder surgery should always remember their new shoulder is not designed for heavy impact. Patients may want to make educated choices about how to use their new shoulder.