Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

Your shoulder has the greatest range of motion of all of the joints in your body. Injury, overuse, and arthritis cause degeneration of the cartilage in the shoulder, causing pain and limiting mobility. When your shoulder damage is bad enough to disrupt your life, Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute may recommend shoulder replacement surgery. To find out more about shoulder replacement and how it may help your shoulder pain, call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or book an appointment online today.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a shoulder replacement?

A shoulder replacement, also known as shoulder arthroplasty, is a type of surgery that removes the damaged parts of your shoulder joint and replaces them with prosthetic devices.

Shoulder replacement surgery eases shoulder pain and improves the structure and function of the joint, improving your quality of life.

The team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Valley Orthopedic Institute specializes in joint replacement procedures, including shoulder replacement. 

Am I a candidate for shoulder replacement?

The team determines if you’re a candidate for shoulder replacement after a consultation. They may consider you a candidate for the procedure if you have:

  • Severe shoulder pain that affects your daily life
  • Shoulder pain that limits your range of motion
  • Moderate to severe pain even when your shoulder is at rest
  • Osteoarthritis with severe joint damage
  • Shoulder weakness


Before recommending shoulder replacement surgery, however, the team may try nonsurgical interventions to ease your pain and improve shoulder health. This might include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

If nonsurgical interventions fail to provide significant relief, then the Valley Orthopedic Institute team may recommend a shoulder replacement. 

What are types of shoulder replacement surgeries?

The skilled surgeons at Valley Orthopedic Institute perform many types of shoulder replacement procedures. These types of surgeries include:

Total shoulder replacement

For a total shoulder replacement, your surgeon replaces the damaged head of your upper arm bone with a metal ball, and your shoulder socket is fitted with a plastic cup. 

The team recommends a total shoulder replacement for patients with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons.

Reverse shoulder replacement

For a reverse shoulder replacement, your surgeon switches the position of the ball and socket joint. Your surgeon attaches the metal ball to your shoulder joint and places a plastic socket on your upper arm bone. 

The surgeons at Valley Orthopedic Institute recommend a reverse shoulder replacement for patients who have the following: rotator cuff tears that can’t be repaired; severe arthritis with rotator cuff damage; or history of a failed shoulder replacement. 

Shoulder resurfacing

In shoulder resurfacing, your surgeon removes the damaged cartilage from the head of your upper arm bone and replaces it with a metal covering. They perform this procedure arthroscopically, which means smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time.

How long is recovery following shoulder replacement?

Recovery following shoulder replacement surgery varies. However, you need to keep your arm in a sling for 2-6 weeks. You should be able to resume most of your usual activities about six weeks after surgery, but full recovery may take 6-12 months.

Schedule your shoulder replacement surgery by calling Valley Orthopedic Institute or booking an appointment online today.