Joint Replacement Surgery has become a standard operative treatment for severe arthritis unresponsive to non-operative treatment. Although it is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain.
What are the causes of shoulder arthritis?
Several conditions can cause shoulder arthritis leading to severe shoulder replacement surgery.
When should one opt for Shoulder Joint Replacement?
The decision to undergo Shoulder Replacement surgery should be a cooperative one between you, your family and your orthopedic surgeon.
Patients who may benefit from this surgery often have:
What are the Shoulder Replacement options available?
Shoulder replacement surgery is highly technical. It should be performed by a surgical team with a high experience in this procedure.
There are different types of Shoulder Replacement surgeries:
In this, the socket and metal ball are switched, i.e., a metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This allows the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the rotator cuff to lift the arm. It is done for people who have:
What is the rehabilitation procedure?
A careful and well-planned rehabilitation program is critical to the success of a shoulder replacement. It usually starts with gentle physical therapy soon after the operation. The surgeon or physical therapist will provide a home exercise program to strengthen the shoulder and improve flexibility. Driving a car is not allowed for 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.
Thousands of patients have experienced an improved quality of life after Shoulder Joint Replacement surgery. They experience less pain, improved motion and strength, and better function.