Brandon Regional Hospital January 26, 2016

Brandon, FL – Brandon Regional Hospital is now offering total shoulder replacement surgery as an option for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or shoulder injuries.

The goal of total shoulder replacement is to alleviate pain caused by arthritis or when the shoulder is severely fractured or broken. Arthritis can be caused by fractures, rheumatoid disease, torn rotator cuff tendons or just by wear and tear over time.

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which normally has a wide range of motion. Total shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged humeral head, or joint, with a metal ball, and putting a new smooth plastic surface on the glenoid, or the socket. Surgery provides relief from pain and can restore motion, strength, function, and assist with returning patients to normal activity levels.

"Shoulder replacement relieves patients from pain and helps get them back to their regular activity," says Dr. Echols, a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon performing total shoulder replacements at Brandon Regional Hospital. "Helping patients recover quickly and get their full range of motion back is my top priority."