Preparing for Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
An integrated team approach to caring for patients at the comprehensive Joint Replacement Center leads to improved outcomes, faster recovery and high patient satisfaction.
Preparing for Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Surgeons who perform shoulder replacement surgery at the Joint Replacement Center discuss the surgery with their patients at their office, and provide educational materials that describe the surgery, therapy and recovery process. Patients are encouraged to also ask questions of the surgeon's medical support staff on any topic related to their surgery-from the procedure to filling prescriptions and when they can comb their hair. The goal is to make patients and their family members comfortable as they prepare for shoulder replacement surgery.
Orthopedic surgeons at the Joint Replacement Center are at the forefront in the development of advances in shoulder replacement surgical techniques. Patients have access to the latest options when choosing to undergo shoulder replacement.
To strengthen their muscles and improve their range of motion, some patients may be encouraged by their surgeon to begin the physical therapy process before their shoulder replacement surgery. At this time, patients and their families should also prepare the home for safe, post-surgical living.
To assist you in your surgery planning here is a patient pre-operative readiness checklist, and has information about preparing to return home after your joint replacement surgery.
Medical Advances in Shoulder Replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement: This procedure is used with patients who have both shoulder arthritis and an irreparable rotator cuff tear. Because a tear in the rotator cuff makes a replacement socket more apt to loosen with patients who have both shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff tearing, a reverse shoulder replacement is performed. In this procedure, the metal ball is added to the shoulder blade and the socket is placed at the top of the bone in the upper arm, a reverse in the typical positioning of joint replacement components. Resurfacing replacement of the humeral head: In younger patients with arthritis at the head of the humerus bone, resurfacing may protect the bone from further erosion and decrease pain and improve function. It may be used with biologic resurfacing of the socket.
Transitioning to Home
Patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery at the Joint Replacement Center are typically in the hospital for one to two days. The surgeon determines the length of stay based on the needs of the patient. Most patients go directly home to recover and are not admitted to a rehabilitation facility.
Returning to Normal Activities
During the recovery and rehabilitation process, joint pain and stiffness improve, allowing patients to gradually return to normal activities and improved function.
Click here for an online interactive education program for shoulder replacement surgery