If you have severe pain in your shoulder from osteoarthritis, you may be wondering about shoulder replacement surgery. Although many people can manage their pain with medicine, exercise, and other treatments, surgery may be an option if your pain is very bad and your arm and shoulder movements are limited.
Shoulder replacement surgery should help ease your arthritis pain, but you won’t be able to move your shoulder as far as before you started to have shoulder problems. Before making a decision about surgery, it’s important to understand your options, the risks and benefits of those options, and what matters to you. Use this interactive tool to help you weigh the options, determine your preferences, and have an informed conversation with your doctor.