Shoulder Replacement

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine orthopedic surgeons perform more shoulder replacements than any other center in the state of Connecticut.
  • Our physicians are leaders in devising best techniques and in training other surgeons in the most effective shoulder replacement procedures.
  • We were the first in Connecticut to perform reverse shoulder replacement; we've been doing these procedures since 2004.

If you or a loved one has had painful shoulder arthritis, you know how challenging it can be to get dressed, pick up objects or reach for things on high shelves. Worst of all, most people with shoulder arthritis say the pain can be so bad they have a hard time sleeping. 

Yale Medicine orthopaedics and rehabilitation specialists are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder arthritis. Working in the highest volume shoulder-replacement center in Connecticut, they have played a key role in refining shoulder replacement surgeries and training other surgeons to use the latest techniques. 

There are many reasons why some people end up with shoulder arthritis. It can happen as a result of trauma, from infection, from previous surgeries.

Shoulder arthritis can also develop from mundane repetition of movements that require the raising the arms overhead, such as swimming or painting, or as a result of a shoulder dislocation injury. As with other forms of arthritis, most people who have shoulder arthritis are older. However, with new techniques and longer-lasting materials, Yale Medicine is able to offer shoulder replacement surgery to younger patients as well.