shoulder resurfacing

moving me forward™

Your movement may be limited, but your options don't have to be. See how other patients conquered their pain and get started on your own journey to recovery.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski
Inspirational college coach and DePuy joint recipient.

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"It's not worth living with pain."
"It's not worth living with pain."

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"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.

"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.

"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.

"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.

"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."


about the procedure

Shoulder resurfacing is a more conservative alternative to traditional shoulder replacement surgerysurgeryThe branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease, injury, and deformity by operation or manipula.... Resurfacing allows patients to retain more of their natural boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst..., replacing only the diseased surface of the jointjointThe junction or articulation of two or more bones that permits varying degrees of motion between the bones. instead of the entire jointjointThe junction between the ends of two adjacent bones.. Shoulder Resurfacing is potentially less traumatic, less invasive, and preserves more boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst.... This gradual approach to surgery means a patient may still be able to have a total shoulder replacement later if necessary. In a recent study of shoulder resurfacing, most patients reported being very satisfied with the results, and 85% were able to return to sports activities at their desired levels.1 In a study of hundreds of patients who had shoulder surgery, more than 95% reported having less painpainAn unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage, and mediated by specific nerve fibe... afterwards.2shoulder anatomy

Healthy Shoulder

Arthritic Shoulder

who is a candidate for shoulder replacement?

People suffering from rheumatoid arthritisrheumatoid arthritisGeneralized inflammatory joint disease. or osteoarthritisosteoarthritisArthritis characterized by erosion of articular cartilage, either primary or secondary to trauma or other cond... of the shoulder may be candidates for joint resurfacing using the Global C.A.P. implant. Resurfacing is intended to repair arthritic damage and humeral head fractures, but not rotator cuffrotator cuffThe rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons. These combine to form a "cuff" over the head of... tears. The implant is not intended to be used in patients with local infections or poor bone quality. Resurfacing can be used in younger patients with mild to moderate arthritis that is confined to the humeral head.

what is replaced with the Global C.A.P. product?

DePuy Global® C.A.P.® Resurfacing Humeral Head Implant

Global C.A.P.

As the name Global C.A.P. suggests, only the ball surface of the shoulder is replaced, providing a cap over the ball of the shoulder joint. The surface is smoothed and capped leaving the majority of the arm bone (humerushumerusThe bone of the arm, articulating with the scapula above and the radius and ulna below.) intact.

why choose DePuy Global C.A.P. resurfacing?

The DePuy Global C.A.P. design focuses on sparing as much healthy bone and soft tissuetissueA collection of similar cells and the intercellular substances surrounding them. as possible. The cap covers the moving part of the upper arm bone and is held in place by a press-fit stem. This means the implant will be put in place without bone cement. Instead, tissue will naturally grow onto the implant‘s rough porous underside, securing the implant. The DePuy Global C.A.P. allows for a minimally invasive approach, which may reduce pain and provide a quicker recovery.


Only an orthopaedic surgeon trained in shoulder replacement can provide advice about whether shoulder replacement surgery is the right choice. Patient‘s should consult with a physician to learn more. The performance of a joint replacement depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with current infections or conditions limiting rehabilitationrehabilitationRestoration, following disease, illness, or injury, of the ability to function in a normal or near-normal mann... should not have this surgery. The most common adverse events after shoulder replacement are loosening, infection, and fracture of the implant or bone. The patient and surgeon must weigh the benefits of surgery against potential risks.

adverse events

The following are the most frequent adverse events after shoulder arthroplastyarthroplastyExamination of a joint with a scope.: change in position of the components, loosening of components, dislocationdislocationDisplacement of an organ or any part; specifically disturbance or disarrangement of the normal relation of the..., infection, hematoma, pneumonia and cardiovascular disorders.


1 Baillie S, Llinas PJ, Ellenbecker TS. Cementless humeral resurfacing arthroplasty in active patients less than fifty-five years of age. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008;90(1):110-117.

2 McFarland EG. Shrug off shoulder surgery myth, Johns Hopkins study suggests. Available at: Accessed on Feb. 27, 2009.

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