Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Tim Kavanaugh, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

If you experience shoulder pain due to arthritis or damage to your joint, and don’t receive the results you’re looking for from nonsurgical treatments, you may need to undergo shoulder replacement. At Tim Kavanaugh, MD, with locations in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Kavanaugh, and his team perform total shoulder replacement surgery, providing you with positive results. Call Dr. Kavanaugh’s office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment and determine if shoulder replacement is the right option for you.

Shoulder Replacement Q&A

What is shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement involves a surgical treatment to replace damaged parts of your shoulder joint with metal and plastic implants. Shoulder injuries or arthritis affecting the joint may lead you to seek treatment to relieve your pain. If nonsurgical methods don’t provide you with the relief you’re looking for, you may need to consider shoulder replacement. 

When would I need shoulder replacement?

Typically you may need shoulder replacement surgery if you experience significant pain or discomfort from issues such as:

Rotator cuff injuries

These injuries involve damage to the muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint due to frequent overhead motion or heavy lifting.


Consistent pain and stiffness that develops in your joints when the cartilage that cushions your bones deteriorates is an indication of osteoarthritis.  


Fractures involve the breaking of your bone due to injury or other conditions, such as low bone density or osteoporosis. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

This condition is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system mistakenly attacks your healthy body cells, resulting in painful swelling that typically occurs in your joints.

Other inflammatory diseases affect shoulder pain, often resulting in the need to receive shoulder replacement. 

What does shoulder replacement involve?

There are several types of shoulder replacement procedures, including anatomic shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement, and partial shoulder replacement.

These types of procedures involve replacing the ball and socket of your shoulder, or just the ball of the joint, depending on the type of injury or condition you have. Once Dr. Kavanaugh completes your shoulder replacement, you should prepare to limit your arm movement to ensure an efficient recovery. 

How should I prepare for shoulder replacement?

The team at Tim Kavanaugh, MD, prioritizes your comfort, ensuring you feel prepared to undergo your shoulder replacement procedure. Dr. Kavanaugh performs an evaluation before considering shoulder replacement to assess your symptoms, determining the best treatment for you. Upon reviewing your symptoms, he administers a physical exam as well. Lastly, he takes an X-ray or computerized tomography to identify your issue and what treatment works best for you. 

To learn more about shoulder replacement and if it’s the right option for you, call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool today.