Shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the ends of the damaged upper arm bone (humerus) and usually the shoulder bone (scapula) or cap them with artificial surfaces lined with plastic or metal and plastic.
It is performed under General Anaesthesia. The procedure usually takes 1-3 hours.
- An incision is made over the shoulder joint to open up the area.
- After this the surgeon will remove the head (top) of the upper arm bone (humerus).
- After this he will cement the new metal head and stem into place & smooth the surface of the old socket and cement the new one in place.
- Incision is then closed with staples or sutures.
- In the end a dressing (bandage) is placed over the wound.
Patient will have to stay in the hospital for 4 to 6 days after the surgery. Complete recovery can take 4 to 6 months. A new shoulder can last up to 10 years
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