Shoulder replacement surgery replaces a worn, painful shoulder joint with a new, functional joint made from metal and plastic.
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The surgery relieves debilitating shoulder joint pain caused by a shoulder condition or injury that interferes with daily life.
Total shoulder replacement is a surgery done to treat different shoulder conditions and injuries, such as:
Last reviewedDecember 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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