Partial Shoulder Replacement Surgery

For patients whose shoulder damage is limited to the upper arm portion of the shoulder and not the shoulder socket, partial shoulder replacement may be the best long-term solution to reduce pain and improve function in the shoulder. 

Partial shoulder replacement is often recommended for younger individuals who are still very active and will place higher demands upon the shoulder.

During partial shoulder replacement surgery, one of our shoulder experts will replace the top of the humerus, or upper arm bone, with a prosthetic joint implant that is specifically made to fit into the shoulder socket, or the cup-shaped part of your shoulder. 


After partial shoulder replacement surgery, you will be able to go home the same day or the next day. You will likely experience some pain after surgery, but you will be prescribed medication to help you safely manage the pain. When you leave the hospital, a sling will be provided for you to wear for the first six weeks. Physical therapy begins shortly after surgery to start rebuilding strength in your shoulder.

Additional Information

Following your partial shoulder replacement procedure, postsurgical care is vital to your recovery. You need to carefully follow the directions of your surgeon and care team, including adhering to these general guidelines:

  • Follow your physical therapy program and perform the exercises two or three times per day
  • Ask for assistance, especially in the first few days following surgery
  • Avoid placing your affected arm in any extreme position
  • Do not use your affected arm to push yourself up from lying down or sitting
  • Do not overexert yourself or push yourself too hard
  • Do not lift anything heavy until you have been cleared to do so by your surgeon

For more information about partial or total shoulder replacement surgery, please call (541) 743-4102


Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery