What is a Copeland Resurfacing Shoulder Replacement?

An arthritic or injured shoulder greatly affects activities of daily living by causing pain and limiting motion. When shoulder replacement is necessary, the surgeon may perform either a total shoulder replacement or a hemi (partial) shoulder replacement.

There are two main bones involved in shoulder motion: the humeral head (rounded portion at the top of the upper arm bone) and the glenoid (cup-like bone in front of the shoulder blade). In a hemi (partial) shoulder replacement, the humeral head is replaced with a metal implant with the same rounded shape. The glenoid, in this case, is healthy and does not need to be replaced. In the Copeland Shoulder Replacement a resurfacing component is used. This implant is designed to “cap” only the top of the humerus.

Possible associated procedures

During your operation your surgeon will use a tiny camera to look inside your shoulder for other areas of damage. It may be necessary to do an additional procedure at the same time. These include:-

  • Sub-acromial Decompression
  • Acromio-clavicular joint excision
  • Excision lateral end of clavicle
  • Rotator Cuff Repair

What are the risks of having a Copeland Resurfacing Shoulder Replacement?

All operations involve an element of risk, these are very small but you need to be aware of them and can discuss them with your doctor at any time. The risks are:-

  • Complications relating to the anaesthetic
  • Infection
  • Stiffness and or pain around the shoulder
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels around the shoulder
  • Tear of the rotator cuff muscles
  • Instability