Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the glenohumeral joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant.

Overview of Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement is a surgical option for patients with arthritis of the shoulder. This operation can relieve pain and maintain motion in the arthritic shoulder .Arthritis can affect joints, over time; the smooth cartilage on the surface of the bones wears away. This can result in pain, inflammation, and swelling of the joints. Shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure to replace this damaged joint to eliminate this pain and swelling for a long time. Arthritis does not have any kind of full treatment; all kinds of medications and procedures are just temporary and can just slow it down. But surgery can be the last (and maybe permanent) solution for this painful problem. Shoulder arthritis is a condition in which degeneration, injury, inflammation or previous surgery destroys the normally smooth cartilage on the humeral head and glenoid.

Type of Shoulder Replacement

  • Patients with shoulder osteoarthritis
  • People who have sustained a serious shoulder injury.

Shoulder Replacement Recommended For:

  • Patients with shoulder osteoarthritis
  • People who have sustained a serious shoulder injury.

Before Shoulder Replacement

Patients should stop taking certain medications such as Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements prior to the surgery. They should stop smoking a few weeks before and after the surgery. They should stop drinking and eating around 6 hours before the surgery. Surgeon does a physical examination and may ask for blood test, X-rays and MRI.

During Shoulder Replacement

The patient undergo general anesthesia during the operation. The surgeon makes an incision at the front of the shoulder and replaces the head of the humerus with a metal ball. The glenoid gets covered with a new plastic surface. Cement or screw is used to hold the components in place. The procedure usually last for one to two and a half hours.

After Shoulder Replacement

Patients should stay at hospital for 2 or 3 days after the surgery. Swelling and pain is common for several days. The surgeon may prescribe painkillers to control the pain. Patients can use cold compresses to control the pain. The arm will be in a brace to keep it from moving for first days after the surgery. They should avoid lifting more than one pound, pushing and pulling for six weeks after surgery. Patients need physical therapy for several sessions.

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