Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Joseph B. Wilson, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon located in Raleigh, NC & Apex, NC

A shoulder replacement can provide pain relief and improved mobility when you have a severe injury or an advanced case of arthritis. Highly trained orthopedic shoulder surgeon Joseph Wilson, MD, performs all types of shoulder replacement procedures at three Shoulder Expert of Raleigh locations in Raleigh, Apex, and Durham, North Carolina. For leading care in shoulder replacements, call the nearest office, or request an appointment online today.

Shoulder Replacement Q&A

What are the types of shoulder replacement surgery?

As a leading specialist in shoulder surgery, Dr. Wilson has extensive experience in all shoulder replacement techniques, including:

Total shoulder replacement

A traditional shoulder replacement, also known as an anatomical total shoulder replacement, involves replacing the entire ball-and-socket joint.

Dr. Wilson replaces the humeral head with a metal ball. The ball sits on a stem that fits into the arm bone. The artificial joint re-creates your natural shoulder anatomy.

Reverse total shoulder replacement

A reverse total shoulder replacement positions the ball and the socket in the opposite configuration, so the ball attaches to your shoulder blade and the socket is on the upper arm. 

Dr. Wilson may recommend a reverse total shoulder replacement if your rotator cuff is too damaged to support a traditional replacement.

Stemless total shoulder replacement

In a stemless total shoulder replacement, the metal ball doesn’t sit on a traditional stem. This approach preserves more of your natural bone.

Partial shoulder replacement

If only one side of your shoulder joint is injured, Dr. Wilson may perform a partial shoulder replacement. This technique replaces only one portion of the joint, leaving the healthy part intact.

When would I need a shoulder replacement?

A shoulder replacement may be right for you if you have severe shoulder pain and disability from any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Complex shoulder fracture
  • Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)
  • Failed previous shoulder replacement surgery

Dr. Wilson can help you decide if a shoulder replacement is the best option for your specific needs.

What should I expect from a shoulder replacement procedure? 

Before your surgery, Dr. Wilson spends as much time as needed to ensure you feel comfortable and confident going into the procedure. He explains the type of anesthesia you’ll get (general or regional) and the details of the operation.

Depending on the type of shoulder replacement you need, surgery can take 2-3 hours or longer. You may need to stay in the hospital for a short time after surgery, but most people go home the first, second, or third day.

Dr. Wilson gives you instructions for pain management, wound care, and recovery at home. He provides you with his personal cellphone number so you have access to prompt medical care.

For leading care in shoulder replacement surgery, call Shoulder Expert of Raleigh, or book an appointment online today.