Mayo Clinic's approach

Cutting-edge technology

Mayo Clinic surgeons can use 3D printing technology to create a precise model of an individual's joint anatomy. This allows them to better plan exactly what needs to be done during the surgery. Innovative navigation techniques during surgery help procedures go more smoothly and quickly.


Mayo Clinic's shoulder treatment teams include specialists in orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. These experts work together with the goal of restoring strength and range of motion in your shoulder.


Mayo Clinic combines innovation with compassion to provide exceptional care. The experts at Mayo know that pain management is a concern for anyone considering surgery. The surgical and anesthesia teams will make you as comfortable as possible during and after the procedure.

Expertise and rankings


Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgeons have expertise in all types of shoulder replacement procedures and perform 1,000 on average each year.

Diagnostic and surgical innovation

Mayo Clinic doctors have developed diagnostic and surgical techniques to help make shoulder replacement a highly effective treatment option. They also have been instrumental in the design of many of the implants currently used around the world.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgery department's expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Feb. 02, 2024
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