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Shoulder Surgery

shoulder painTotal Shoulder Replacement

A total shoulder replacement is a very effective treatment for end stage arthritis. The ball and socket joint is replaced with a metal head and plastic socket. These procedures are usually performed as an outpatient basis. After about 10-days in a sling, the patient will begin therapy.

Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement surgery is a less common joint replacement than knee or hip surgeries, but the goals are the same: reduce pain and increase mobility and use. During the surgery, all or part of the shoulder joint can be replaced, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and condition.

There are several different kinds of shoulder joint prostheses available. Most are made with metal and plastic and are attached with a special type of bone cement or a “press fit” into healthy bone.

Various kinds of arthritis, shoulder injury and fracture, regular wear and tear with age, and long-term effects of serious rotator cuff tears all may require shoulder replacement.

Man playing tennisReverse Shoulder Replacement

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is necessary in some cases because of anatomy issues or in patients with completely torn rotator cuffs with severe arm weakness, severe arthritis and rotator cuff tearing, and those who had a previous shoulder replacement that failed.

In reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and ball prosthetics are switched. That means the ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This allows the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the torn rotator cuff to lift the arm.

There are several different kinds of shoulder joint prostheses available. Most are made with metal and plastic and are attached with a special type of bone cement or a “press fit” into healthy bone.

What is Recovery Like?

In general, patients wear a sling for two to four weeks after surgery. Your doctor will tell you when you can stop using the sling and when you can expect to drive. Physical therapy and rehabilitation begin soon after the surgery and are important parts of a full recovery. You will have exercises to do at the rehab site and exercises to do at home. Being diligent about this work will help you gain the best result from surgery.