Have you ever wondered whether shoulder replacement surgery might be the best option for you? Shoulder replacement surgery is a complicated procedure that requires the skill of an experienced orthopedic surgeon. For residents of Lancaster, PA, Dr. Michael Bercik and our experienced orthopedic team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group provide state-of-the-art treatment methods to bring our patients outstanding results.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery Lancaster, PADr. Michael Bercik is an accomplished, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a passion for treating conditions of the shoulder and elbow. He is dedicated to bringing his patients amazing results in minimal time, and has been recognized for his commitment through the Mark D. Chilton award for outstanding patient care.

In addition to this, Dr. Bercik has pursued excellence by seeking opportunities to learn from the leaders in the field. He trained under Dr. Gilles Walch in the world-renowned Centre Orthopédique Santy in France and was able to bring advanced techniques back with him to offer to patients right here in Lancaster.

Types of Shoulder Replacement Procedures

Depending on the damage to your joints, your surgeon will choose a shoulder joint replacement procedure best suited for you. The type of shoulder replacement surgery you have will influence your recovery time as well as the symptoms that are alleviated by the procedure.

Types of shoulder replacement surgeries include:

Partial Shoulder Replacement. A partial shoulder replacement is generally recommended when only the ball side of the shoulder joint is damaged. This is typically called a Shoulder hemiarthroplasty. When this procedure is performed, the humerus, or upper arm bone, is replaced with a prosthetic metal implant. The other half of the shoulder joint, known as the glenoid, is not replaced with an artificial structure.

Anatomical Total Shoulder Replacement. An anatomical shoulder replacement is where the ball and socket of the shoulder joint are both replaced with artificial structures. This is typically seen when there is degradation to both the “ball” and “socket” of the shoulder joint. The implants of this type of procedure mimic the natural structure of the bones.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement. A reverse total shoulder replacement is when the “ball” and “socket” of the shoulder are replaced in a mirrored position. This means that the “ball” is not where the socket was and the socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This is generally chosen as an option when there is severe damage to the rotator cuff. When the structures are flipped, the shoulder relies on different muscles and can take the stress off of the damaged structures.

Regardless of the type of shoulder replacement procedure you choose, your surgeon will discuss details of how to prepare for surgery, what to expect during the procedure, and what your recovery journey will look like. It is important to choose a surgeon you trust to ensure you are comfortable during the process and feel confident trusting them with your care. Shoulder replacement surgeries have shown great success in alleviating pain and improving range of motion for many patients.

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Lancaster, PA, residents looking for shoulder replacement surgery can trust Dr. Michael Bercik at Lancaster Orthopedic Group with their care. Dr. Bercik has years of experience treating complex conditions of the shoulder so you can feel confident you are receiving state-of-the-art treatment with evidence-based methods. To get started today, use the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or call (866) 564-1000.