Dr. Morgan is a well-known orthopedic surgeon practicing in Allen, TX. The board certified surgeon provides state-of-the-art treatment for various injuries related to shoulder. He also specializes in conducting replacement surgery of the shoulder.
The shoulder joint is composed of three bones humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collarbone). The head of the upper arm bone fits in a cavity (glenoid) of the shoulder blade and forms the ball and socket joint. Cartilages encircle the bones and enable them to glide easily. The synovial fluid in the joint also allows frictionless movement of the bones. Muscles, tendons and various ligaments that surround the joint provide stability to the shoulder.
A sudden blow to the shoulder may cause the bones to dislocate or break. In such cases, it may become imperative to replace the affected structures with prosthesis (artificial parts). This process is termed as shoulder replacement surgery.
Who is a candidate for Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Shoulder Replacement Options
Total Shoulder Replacement
Degenerative Joint Disease
Rotator Cuff Arthropathy
In this procedure the arthritic socket may be resurfaced with a high density prosthesis. The surgeon may give anesthesia to the patient and then make a small incision in the front of the shoulders through the muscles. The surgeons may either cement or graft the ball into the cavity.
The doctor may replace the head of the humerus with a metal ball and stem. The need for this surgery may arise when the ball is severely damaged and the socket is normal or when there is a severe rotator cuff tear that may not be stabilized with a total replacement surgery.
The surgery may be an option for the patient if, the cartilage surface in the glenoid is intact and there is no fracture on the humeral head. During this procedure, the doctor may only substitute the surface of humeral head with a metal covering.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
In this procedure, the surgeon may attach the metal ball to the shoulder bone and the upper arm is attached to a plastic socket. This surgical procedure may be recommended to the patients with Arthritis, completely torn rotator cuff or the ones with a previous history of broken shoulder.
To request an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 727 – 9995.