Total Shoulder Replacement
WHAT IS TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT?
Total Shoulder Replacement is a surgical procedure used to relieve intense shoulder pain and return shoulder function. The damaged areas of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial parts.
REASON FOR THE PROCEDURE?
Severe fractures, sports injuries or damage from Arthritis are the main reasons for this procedure.
Total Shoulder Replacement is performed under general anesthesia and is a one-hour procedure. A three-inch incision is made in the front of the shoulder to access the joint. A metal ball is used to replace the head of the upper arm bone (the humerus) and a curved plastic piece is attached to the shoulder blade to form the socket. The arm will be placed in a sling for 24-48 hours. Physical therapy begins the day after surgery. Most patients remain in the hospital for one day.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS, RISKS, AND COMPLICATIONS
Surgical side effects and risks may include an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, infection at the surgery site, nerve injury, blood clots and shoulder dislocation. Fortunately, all complications are rare. Shoulder Replacement materials are made in the USA and designed to last 30 plus years.