Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Columbus, OH

Total shoulder replacement or total shoulder arthroplasty is a complex procedure that involves replacing the shoulder joint with artificial implants, made of metal and plastic. The goal of total shoulder replacement surgery is to reduce pain, improve motion and restore function.

Shoulder replacement may be recommended for many different reasons. Some of the indications for a shoulder replacement include shoulder arthritis, an irreparable rotator cuff tear, shoulder fractures. There are other reasons a patient may have a shoulder replacement, but they are less common.




Shoulder Replacement Surgery for Columbus & Grove City, OH

When is Shoulder Replacement Recommended?

Some patients may choose to first try to manage their condition with more conservative, nonsurgical treatment options. These options can include activity modifications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections and/or physical therapy.

Total shoulder replacement is recommended when conservative management fails and a patient’s activities of daily living are significantly impacted. This can be the result of severe pain and loss of function. The goal when having a shoulder replacement is to improve your quality of life.

People who benefit from shoulder replacement surgery often have:

  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with everyday activities
  • Pain that may be severe enough to prevent a good night’s sleep
  • Loss of motion or weakness in the shoulder that significantly impacts function
  • Failure to significantly improve through alternative treatment options

Common conditions requiring total shoulder replacement include:

  • Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, where the synovial membrane surrounding the joint becomes inflamed and thickened, and leads to a destruction of the shoulder joint
  • Avascular necrosis, or the disruption of blood supply to the ball of the shoulder
  • Irreparable rotator cuff tear
  • Severe shoulder injuries, such as a broken bone
  • Failed previous shoulder replacement surgery

Over 50,000 shoulder replacements are done in the United States each year.

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Why Choose Dr. Cohen?


One of the first orthopedic surgeons employed by Adena Health System, Dr Cohen spent 20 years helping to grow the practice.


Over his distinguished career, Dr Cohen has cultivated a reputation of excellence and trust among his patients and his peers.


To achieve the best surgical outcomes, Dr Cohen utilizes the most advanced technologies and techniques, keeping his practice state of the art.


An individualized, patient-focused process coupled with decades of training and experience help ensure maximum safety for all of Dr Cohen’s patients.

Types of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

There are three types of shoulder replacement surgery: traditional (anatomic) total shoulder replacement, partial shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement.

Total/ Partial Shoulder Replacement

In an anatomic total shoulder replacement, the interval between the deltoid and pectoral muscles is developed to create a path to the shoulder joint. The subscapularis rotator cuff tendon is transected to gain access to the shoulder joint. Dr. Cohen will then remove arthritic sections of the joint; insert an artificial socket, ball, and stem; close and stitch the muscle; and clean and stitch the incision.

Total Shoulder Replacement X-Ray

Partial Shoulder Replacement

In a partial shoulder replacement only the ball or humeral head will be replaced.

Partial Shoulder Replacement X-Ray

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

In a reverse shoulder replacement, the positions of the ball and socket are reversed. An artificial ball is placed where the patient’s socket was and a socket implant is placed on the humeral head side. The reverse placement offers additional stability. A reverse shoulder replacement surgery is commonly done for irreparable rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis associated with a rotator cuff tear, and complex shoulder fractures.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement X-Ray

Potential Complications of Shoulder Replacement

Even very safe procedures have potential for risks and complications. Possible complications following total shoulder replacement include infection, nerve injury, and problems with the implants that may require revision surgery. Dr. Cohen will review the risks and benefits of shoulder replacement surgery specific to you and any existing medical co-morbidities that you have that could impact your recovery.

Shoulder Replacement Results

Shoulder replacement surgery is a very effective way to eliminate or significantly reduce shoulder pain and improve shoulder range of motion and function. The amount that range of motion increases will depend on factors such as how long the range of motion has been limited and whether the rotator cuff tendons were still intact and functional, as well as the patient’s active participation in the post-replacement rehabilitation program. Most patients are highly satisfied with the results of their total shoulder replacement.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain and restricted movement, you may be a candidate for total replacement surgery. To learn more, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Brian Cohen, who has treated over 100,000 patients worldwide and has performed over 3,000 total shoulder replacements. Call or email his office today.


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Cohen Orthopedic

Phone  (614) 788-0375

Office Address:

4850 E. Main St Suite 110 Columbus, OH 43213

Office Address:

2030 Stringtown Rd Suite 210
Grove City, OH 43123

Surgical Center:

323 E Town St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Surgical Center:

1375 Stringtown Rd
Grove City, OH 43123