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Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Arthroplasty is the replacement or reconstruction of a joint that has been damaged or has degenerated over time, as with arthritis. Glenohumeral osteoarthritis is the wearing out of cartilage in the shoulder joint. People who have severe osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint with accompanying long-term damage of the rotator cuff are candidates for total shoulder arthroplasty. Patients with osteoarthritis of the shoulder and an intact rotator cuff are ideal candidates for a total shoulder arthroplasty.