Partial Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Severe fractures, injuries, and conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can break down shoulder cartilage causing pain, stiffness, and discomfort. If non-surgical treatments have failed to adequately address the pain, a partial shoulder replacement may be considered.

A partial shoulder replacement or stemmed hemiarthroplasty is a surgical procedure that may be used when only one portion of the shoulder has cartilage damage. The procedure replaces a segment of the joint (the ball) as opposed to its entirety. The diseased or injured area is removed and replaced with a new artificial surface. There are several different options for performing this procedure. Dr. Goldberg will discuss these options and determine the best treatment plan for you.


Partial shoulder surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and patients may require a short hospital stay. In some cases, the patient may be able to go home the same day. The arm will be immobilized in a sling for up to four weeks. Some pain, discomfort, and limited mobility should be expected for a few weeks after surgery.

Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends a rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Implementing a rehab protocol, enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.

Dr. Goldberg is one of the most experienced shoulder surgeons in the Southwest Florida area.  When experience matters, schedule an appointment to have him assess and determine the best treatment options for you!