Shoulder joint re-surfacing surgery

Shoulder joint re-surfacing surgery

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Caption: Shoulder joint re-surfacing surgery. Image 7 of 11. Close-up of surgery to replace the worn surface of the ball joint (white, lower centre) in a patient suffering from significant osteoarthritis of the shoulder. Osteoarthritis causes the surface of the joint to wear and become rough. This surgery, known as a hemiarthroplasty, inserts a mushroom-shaped prosthetic metal 'cap' on top of the worn ball, at the top of the arm bone (humerus). This provides a new, smooth surface. Here a hole is being drilled in the bone to take the pin that will hold the prosthesis in place. For images of the prosthetic 'cap' see C001/4576 and C001/4578.

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