Shoulder resurfacing is a surgery that helps patients with chronic to severe arthritis in their shoulder joints. It is used as an alternative to total shoulder replacement. With shoulder resurfacing, only the arthritic area of the joint is removed and replaced so that the patient can retain as much of their natural bone and tissue as possible. The best candidates for this procedure are younger patients with a healthy amount of bone mass.
Shoulder resurfacing can carry a hefty price tag in the United States and other countries. Many Americans with no insurance or large out of pocket expenses sometimes choose to go to Mexico, India, or Costa Rica for their procedures to save money. Patients usually only require around five to seven days in the hospital for shoulder resurfacing.