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William M Dotson, DDS
(907) 563-2828
3401 Denali St Ste 203
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Robert David Beck, MD
(907) 345-9736
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1969

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Douglas Grant Smith, MD
(907) 562-5907
718 K St
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak
Group Practice: Anchorage Medical & Surgical

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Loren J Jensen
(907) 274-2425
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Julius Stephen Brecht
(907) 278-8141
2741 Debarr Rd Ste C305
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery

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Loren James Jensen, MD
(907) 274-2425
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 314
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr.Declan R. Nolan
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Drive #523
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Dublin, NatL Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1968
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.7, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.David Allen McGuire
(907) 562-4142
Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage, Suite 300, 3801 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.6, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Dr.Brett Mason
(907) 279-5589
2751 Debarr Rd # 300
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.2, out of 5 based on 9, reviews.

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Jack B Duclos, DDS
(907) 272-3200
1836 W Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Artificial Joint Replacement of the Shoulder

A Patient's Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Shoulder

Introduction

Shoulder joint replacement surgery (also called shoulder arthroplasty) is not as common as replacement surgeries for the knee or hip joints. Still, when necessary, this operation can effectively ease pain from shoulder arthritis. Most people experience improved shoulder function after this surgery.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the shoulder works
  • what parts of the shoulder are replaced in surgery
  • what to expect after shoulder replacement surgery

Anatomy

What parts make up the shoulder?

The shoulder is made up of three bones: the scapula (shoulder blade), the humerus (upper arm bone), and the clavicle (collarbone).

The rotator cuff connects the humerus to the scapula. The rotator cuff is formed by the tendons of four muscles: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis.

Tendons attach muscles to bones. Muscles move bones by pulling on the tendons. The rotator cuff helps raise and rotate the arm. As the arm is raised, the rotator cuff also keeps the humerus tightly in the socket. A part of the scapula, called the glenoid, makes up the socket of the shoulder. The glenoid is very shallow and flat.

The part of the scapula that connects to the shoulder is called the acromion. A bursa is located between the acromion and the rotator cuff tendons. A bursa is a lubricated sac of tissue that cuts down on the friction between two moving parts. Bursae are located all over the body where tissues must rub against each other. In this case, the bursa protects the acromion and the rotator cuff from grinding against each other.

The humeral head of the shoulder is the ball portion of the joint. The humeral head has several blood vessels, which enter at the base of the articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the smooth, white material that covers the ends of bones in most joints. Articular cartilage provides a slick, rubbery surface that allows the bones to glide over each other as they move. Cartilage also functions as sort of a shock absorber.

The shoulder joint is surrounded by a watertight sac called the joint capsule. The joint capsule holds fluids that lubricate the joint. The walls of the joint capsule are made up of ligaments. Ligaments are connective tissues that attach bones to bones. The joint capsule has a considerable amount of slack, loose tissue, so that the shoulder is unrestricted as it moves through its large range of motion.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Shoulder Anatomy

Rationale

What conditions lead to shoulder joint replacement?

The most common reason for undergoing shoulder replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the degeneration of the joint over time, through wear and tear. Osteoarthritis can occur without any injury to the shoulder, but that is uncommon. Because the shoulder is not a weight-bear...

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