Shoulder replacement surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah

Our skilled orthopedic surgeons at St. Mark’s Hospital perform total shoulder replacements and partial shoulder replacements in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For more information about shoulder replacement surgery, please call (801) 268-7111.

How a shoulder replacement surgery works

In a shoulder replacement surgery, your St. Mark’s surgeon replaces all or a part of your shoulder with a prosthesis, also known as an artificial joint. This replaces the worn parts of your shoulder with smooth metal and/or plastic substitutes.

You will be given preparatory instructions prior to the surgery, and you may need physical therapy after the procedure.

There are different types of shoulder replacement surgeries:

  • Total shoulder replacement: Replacing of both the ball and socket in the shoulder
  • Partial shoulder replacement: Replacing of just the ball in the shoulder
  • Reverse shoulder replacement: Reversing a previous shoulder replacement surgery
shoulder replacement diagram

You should call your healthcare provider during recovery if you experience excessive pain, a fever over 100.4°F or heat or draining at the surgical site.

Advancements in Shoulder Surgery
Treatments for Shoulder Injuries

Rotator cuff repairs at St. Mark’s Hospital

The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that attaches your upper arm to your shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is responsible for helping you reach, push, pull, lift and throw objects.

In some cases, shoulder pain doesn’t mean that you need a replacement surgery, but that the rotator cuff is damaged.

Your rotator cuff tendons can become inflamed or damaged due to:

  • Irritation from overuse
  • Bursal inflammation (bursitis)
  • Pinching (impingement)
  • Calcium deposits (calcification)
  • Tears in the tendon

diagram of shoulder muscles

If your rotator cuff is damaged and inflamed, your healthcare provider may prescribe rest or injections to allow the tendons to repair themselves. However, if nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your pain, surgically repairing the rotator cuff may be suggested.