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Shoulder replacement

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.

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