Dr. Patrick McCulloch: Orthopedic Surgery: Houston, TX

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Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Houston, TX

Dr. Patrick McCulloch, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon, performs the most shoulder replacement surgeries at Houston Methodist Hospital, recognized by US News & World Reports as the top hospital in the southwest United States. Dr. McCulloch consults with patients considering shoulder replacement surgery at three locations in Houston, Texas: Spring Valley, Bellaire, and the Texas Medical Center. If you’re exploring shoulder replacement surgery, contact his office today to schedule an appointment for expert care.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery may be necessary if your shoulder has been severely damaged by arthritis, a severe fracture, or another debilitating condition. In this procedure, Dr. Patrick McCulloch expertly removes the damaged parts of your shoulder and replaces them with a synthetic joint to alleviate pain and restore functionality.

Dr. McCulloch is a recognized authority in shoulder surgery, offering several types of replacement procedures, including:

  • Total shoulder replacement, which involves replacing both the ball and socket components of the joint.
  • Stemmed hemiarthroplasty, where only the ball is replaced, preserving the natural socket.
  • Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty, which caps the humeral head with a new surface.
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement, where the positions of the ball and socket are reversed, with the ball attached to the shoulder blade and the socket on the arm bone, enhancing the function of a damaged or torn rotator cuff.
He also performs reverse total shoulder replacement. This procedure involves replacing the ball and socket just like a conventional shoulder replacement.
The placement of the artificial joint gets reversed so the cup is on the arm bone and the ball attaches to the shoulder blade which replaces the function of a damaged or torn rotator cuff as well.

Why would I need a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery may be considered for various reasons, including:

  • Severe fractures that disrupt the structure of the upper arm bone.
  • Various forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis.
  • Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis), which occurs when blood flow to an area of bone is disrupted.
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy, often following a long-standing rotator cuff tear.

Dr. McCulloch also specializes in complex shoulder revision surgeries, which may be necessary if a previous shoulder replacement has failed.

What should I expect from shoulder replacement surgery?

The process begins with a thorough evaluation of your condition and medical history by Dr. McCulloch or his team to ensure you are a suitable candidate for surgery. They will confirm that nonoperative treatments, such as physical therapy and injections, have been explored. X-rays are taken to assess the extent of shoulder damage.

Dr. McCulloch employs the least invasive surgical techniques possible to promote a smooth recovery. The surgery, which takes about an hour, requires general anesthesia, possibly combined with a regional block. Post-surgery, your arm will be supported in a sling for six weeks, during which you will begin physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises.

For expert care from one of the most experienced shoulder replacement surgeons, contact Dr. Patrick McCulloch’s office to schedule an appointment today.



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