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

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Shoulder Replacement Surgery

When you should contact your doctor?

If you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, decreased of motion, redness, swelling or increase in pain or change in sensation or movement after your nerve block is cleared, then you should immediately contact your doctor.

For how many days do i need to stay in the hospital?

The patient will be staying in hospital for five days.

How long does it take to recover from shoulder replacement surgery?

The recovery period varies from person to person and also depend on the type of surgery you had.

What precautions you should take after shoulder replacement surgery?

After discharge you should limit yourself from lifting any heavier object whose weight is more than a glass of water.  You should avoid placing arm in extreme position for the first six weeks after surgery, you should not stretch to the outside and behind your neck.  You must be go regularly to your therapist, for strengthening your muscles.

Are there any complications of shoulder replacement surgery?

Some of the complications of the procedure include infection, nerve Injury, dislocation and some prosthesis related problems.

How long will the surgery last?

It will usually takes 2 hours.

What happens at the first appointment for a shoulder replacement surgery?

Your consultation visit and initial appointment with the orthopedic surgeon will include a series of x-rays, a physical examination and a thorough review of your medical history. By physical examination you will get to know about the source of pain and the decrease range of motion. While the x ray examination reveals bone spur, the damaged joint surfaces and the narrow joint spaces. In case if there was any trauma or injury the x ray will help in evaluating whether it can be fixed r it is needed to be replaced.

How shoulder replacement surgery is being done?

In shoulder replacement surgery, a plastic lining is attached to the socket to allow smooth movement a top of the arm bone is being removed and metal stem with a ball on the end is inserted. If your rotator cuff is being damaged and the joint may not be stable or work properly.

Will I be unconscious during the shoulder replacement surgery?

You will be under general anesthesia to keep you asleep.

How long does it takes for shoulder replacement surgery?

It will take almost 2 hours for shoulder replacement surgery to be done, it will take one to two hour for you to recover completely from general anesthesia.

How will you prepare yourself for shoulder replacement surgery?

You will get enough time to plan for the surgery a series of tests should be done one to two weeks before the surgery. The test include blood test, electrocardiogram, if you are taking some medications you will be told to discontinue such as any anti-inflammatory medication.

What is the result of the procedure?

The result of the procedure will depend on your performance it depends on the stretching and strengthening of the muscles with time.  It basically depends on your activity level.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After being transported to your room your vitals will be evaluated and your arms will be placed in sling position for the first 24 hours after surgery.  After coming from hospital you will be able to move and get out of the bed. You should wear loose fitting clothes.

What are the options other than shoulder replacement surgery?

The available options are Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), Steroid Injections and Physiotherapy.

Why do I need a dental clearance before the surgery?

Usually it is not required.

I am diabetic, hyertensive, heart patient so what precautions should I take?

Diabetes doesn't seem to raise risks after shoulder replacement.Increasing age and history of cardiac disease increases the risk of cardiac complication after shoulder replacement.If you have high blood pressure and if it is under control, there is no reason to worry about not having a safe and successful surgery.Even if your blood pressure becomes elevated during surgery you will be given intravenous medication to reduce it.Consult your cardiologist if you are planning to undergo the surgery beacuse some medicine doses are modified accordingly.

How long will the artificial joint last?

Usually, it is observed that shoulder replacement lasts for around 10 years or more after this time it may loosen or wear out.

What is a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure which reduces or try to reduce the source of pain and disfunction of shoulder by repairing the damaged part of shoulder joint.

Why shoulder replacement surgery is being done?

The most common reasons for shoulder replacement surgery are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and avascular necrosis. This process will help you in getting relieve from pain and also improves your muscle strength and increase your range of motion.

When can I resume work after shoulder replacement surgery?

Can usually return to desk work within 2-4 weeks from the time of surgery but that heavier work is restricted for four months or more, depends on the strength, progress of the shoulder.

What are the advantages of shoulder replacement surgery?

Some of the advantages of shoulder replacement surgery are:

  • Pain relief and improved range of motion and function.
  • You will get to relieve from pain and movement also improved.

Who is a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery?

You can be the candidate for shoulder replacement surgery if:

  • Shoulder pain is severe which is interfering with daily life activities.
  • There is no relief even after trying anti-inflammatory medicines, cortisone injection or physiotherapy
  • You’ve tried anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and physical therapy with no relief.

What are the prostheses used in shoulder replacement is made of?

The prosthesis used in shoulder replacement is being made of a humeral ball in which a special type of stainless steel is being attached which is made of titanium and it keeps the ball attached to your arm while a polyethylene cup s used for replacing the glenoid socket.

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