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Shoulder replacement surgery is used to treat severe arthritis of the shoulder. Arthritis of the shoulder occurs when the lining of shoulder bones are rubbed away from use. Without the lining between them, bones begin to rub against each other, resulting in pain and restricted motion.
During shoulder replacement surgery, the top of the arm bone, or the “ball” part of the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint, is taken out and a metal replacement is inserted. Additionally, a plastic implant is cemented to the scapula in place of the glenoid cavity, or the “socket” part of the joint. The result is diminished pain and, in many cases, improved motion.