With over 1500 shoulder replacement surgeries, Dr. Humphrey is one of the most experienced surgeons in the Treasure Valley area. Dr. Humphrey at the Humphrey Shoulder Clinic has achieved many accomplishments in the field of shoulder arthroplasty. He has published multiple articles on various aspects of shoulder replacement surgery, and is the inventor on several US patents pertaining to shoulder arthroplasty. He has also helped design shoulder replacement components that are used globally and are renowned for their quality and reliability.
Total shoulder joint replacement surgery is a procedure that can offer significant relief from chronic, debilitating pain, often while improving range of motion. It is typically recommended by doctors when other treatments such as medications or physical therapy fail to alleviate the condition. The most common conditions that lead to total shoulder replacement are osteoarthritis, irreparable rotator cuff tears, shoulder fracture, inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis), and osteonecrosis.
Total shoulder replacement is a major surgical procedure that involves the complete replacement of the shoulder joint with an artificial implant. It entails the removal of a damaged humeral head and glenoid, which are replaced with a specially designed prosthetic.
There are three types of shoulder replacement surgery:
For both anatomic and reverse shoulder replacement, the prosthetic joint usually consists of two parts: a stem component to fit inside the upper arm (humerus) bone, and an artificial socket component to fit into the shoulder blade socket (glenoid). These components are coupled through a metal ball-and-socket assembly that usually provides pain relief and better movement similar to a natural shoulder joint. During this surgery, tissue and bones may need to be reshaped to accommodate the prosthesis.
The primary purpose of total shoulder replacement surgery is to relieve pain resulting from arthritis or other degenerative conditions that have caused deterioration of the joint. Shoulder joint replacement is also sometimes used in cases where trauma has caused severe damage to one or more structures within the shoulder joint complex. When performed for the right indications, this procedure can offer significant improvements in functionality, often resulting in reduced pain levels and an improved shoulder range of motion.
Most shoulder replacement surgeries performed by Dr. Humphrey are done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home on the same day. During a consultation, Dr. Humphrey will review all diagnoses and treatment options (non-surgical before surgical) with you.
Are you looking for relief from shoulder pain? The Humphrey Shoulder Clinic offers comprehensive treatment options to help you get back to normal. Whether you have a shoulder condition that can be treated with non-operative care or one that requires surgery, we have the experience and expertise to assess your condition, develop a personalized treatment plan, and provide the support you need. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 208-639-4800 to start your journey to a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.