Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Frank Petrigliano, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Santa Monica, CA

Living with shoulder pain doesn’t have to be your norm. At the UCLA Orthopaedic Center in Santa Monica, California, Frank Petrigliano, MD is an innovative shoulder replacement specialist who can help you get to a pain-free state. Dr. Petrigliano conducts both partial and total shoulder replacement surgeries. A customized treatment plan will be created to fit your need so that you can get on the road to recovery.

Shoulder Replaceement Q & A

What is a shoulder replacement?

Depending on the severity of your shoulder injury, you might only need a partial shoulder replacement. With a stemmed hemiarthroplasty, Dr. Petrigliano replaces the ball of your shoulder joint with an artificial metal ball and attached stem. Alternatively, with a resurfacing hemiarthroplasty, he replaces just the cap of your ball joint with an artificial cap to preserve your healthy bone underneath.

If your shoulder is severely arthritic, or otherwise injured, you might need a total shoulder replacement. Just as the name implies, you actually get a new shoulder! Dr. Petrigliano puts in an artificial ball and socket joint, which are composed of metal and plastic.

When is a reverse total shoulder replacement beneficial?

With a reverse total shoulder replacement, you still get a new ball and socket joint, but they’ll switch places. The ball is attached to your shoulder, while the socket makes up the top part of your upper arm bone.

This type of specialized shoulder replacement is beneficial for men and women who have:

  • An irreparable rotator cuff injury
  • Chronic shoulder dislocation
  • A tumor in the shoulder
  • A complex shoulder joint fracture
  • A prior shoulder replacement that didn’t work
  • Chronic shoulder pain that hasn’t responded to other treatments

What is the recovery process for a shoulder replacement?

It depends on how quickly you heal and whether you have a partial or total shoulder replacement. You begin physical therapy the first day, but your sessions are passive, meaning your physical therapist moves your arm for you.

For the first six weeks, you continue passive exercises with the help of your physical therapist or a family member, or with a self-guided pulley. About six weeks after surgery, your physical therapist starts you on light exercises and stretching. You continue these gentle exercises several times a day until you reach the three-month mark.

Right around three months post-op, you begin more intensive strength training. At this point, you are much stronger and are able to gradually return to some of your regular activities.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Here is a list of our accepted insurance providers. When in doubt, call your insurance company and see if we are contracted using our Tax ID number (#954505291). If you have any other questions regarding insurance, please contact the office. Thank you!

Aetna
AFTRA
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Cigna
HealthNet
Medicare
United Healthcare