Shoulder joint replacement surgery is an effective way to relieve shoulder pain and improve function when medications and other nonsurgical treatments are no longer effective. At California Orthopedics & Spine, our joint specialists offer shoulder replacement procedures. Shoulder replacements are less common than other joint procedures, such as knee or hip replacement.
When to Consider Shoulder Replacement
Some signs that you may need a shoulder replacement are listed below:
- When pain or injuries make it impossible to perform everyday activities
- If your shoulder pain makes it difficult or impossible to grab things from a cabinet, wash yourself, or get dressed, you should seek medical care
- Moderate to severe pain while resting
- If pain while resting is serious, or if it prevents you from sleeping soundly, you should consider surgical treatment
- General weakness or loss of motion in the shoulder
If these or other symptoms are not relieved by medication management, exercises, or other nonsurgical measures, talk to your doctor about shoulder replacement surgery.
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacements can differ depending on your condition. In general, total shoulder replacement is the most common type, though some patients opt for reverse total shoulder arthroscopy or other procedures. In total shoulder replacement procedures, the surgeon will replace the damaged ball and socket of the shoulder with a prosthetic ball and socket joint. Usually, the ball is made of smooth metal, and the socket is a more pliable plastic material.
The patient will be under anesthesia during the surgery to prevent any discomfort. The entire procedure typically takes about two hours.
During recovery, you will likely have medication to control pain and prevent infection. You will need a sling to protect your shoulder for a while, and you will not be allowed to pick up anything heavier than a glass of water for the first few weeks. Exercises and physical therapy will also be very important for your overall recovery. Your doctor will be happy discuss your rehabilitation plan with you during your pre-surgery consultation.
Total Shoulder Replacement in Novato and Larkspur, CA
If you are experiencing joint problems due to injury, arthritis, or other causes, give our office a call. One of our surgeons can evaluate your condition to help you find a treatment plan that works for you.