The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of three bones, which are connected by muscles, ligaments and tendons. These bones are:
- the clavicle, which is the collarbone
- the scapula, which is the shoulder blade
- the humerus, which is the upper arm bone
What is a shoulder replacement?
Shoulder replacements are made up of a humeral head (ball) and socket (glenoid fossa). These can be fitted in a variety of ways. You can see our patient guide for a breakdown of all the procedures. Ask your specialist about what shoulder replacement they recommend and what the advantages and disadvantages of it are.