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Shoulder Replacement Surgery & Care

Shoulder replacement surgery—also known as shoulder arthroplasty (ARTH-row-plas-tee)—is not as common as knee or hip replacement, but it is usually just as successful at restoring mobility and relieving pain.

Dr. Chad Waits and Dr. Kyle Ritter often recommend shoulder joint replacement for individuals for whom other, simpler treatments (therapy, cortisone, etc.) have been unsuccessful, and whose everyday life is being affected by:

  • Severe shoulder pain
  • Reduced reach and mobility
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Loss of sleep due to shoulder pain

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, with the ball on the end of the upper arm bone (humerus) fitting into the socket of the shoulder bone (scapula). In total shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon typically replaces the damaged ball at the end of the upper arm bone as well as the shoulder bone socket, capping them with artificial surfaces lined with metal and/or plastic, and sometimes held in place with surgical cement. For some patients, only one of the two shoulder elements needs repaired/replaced; this would be called a partial shoulder replacement.

The procedure itself takes a little more than one hour, and most patients go home one day after surgery, unless more extensive rehab is necessary. Recent studies have shown that almost all patients who have had total shoulder replacement surgery have fully functioning shoulders ten years after their procedure. After returning home, patients will have their arm in a soft sling for up to six weeks, and typically begin physical therapy in two weeks.

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