Learn More About Total Shoulder Replacement:
At Modern Orthopedics of New Jersey, where we specialize in providing advanced treatment options for patients dealing with orthopedic conditions. If you’re experiencing ongoing shoulder pain or have suffered an injury, you may be a candidate for total shoulder replacement surgery. In this guide, we’ll explain what total shoulder replacement is, which patients are typically good candidates, and what to expect during recovery. We’ll also highlight the benefits of choosing a doctor who specializes in total shoulder replacement surgery and has additional training in upper extremity conditions and surgical procedures.
What is total shoulder replacement?
Total shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing damaged parts of the shoulder joint and replacing them with artificial components. This can include replacing the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) and the glenoid (shoulder socket), as well as any damaged cartilage. The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain and restore function to the shoulder joint.
What type of patients typically benefit from total shoulder replacement and what is wrong in the shoulder that requires this type of procedure?
Total shoulder replacement is typically recommended for patients who have severe shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, or other conditions that have led to significant joint damage. These conditions can cause chronic pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder. If other treatment options have been ineffective in managing these symptoms, total shoulder replacement may be recommended.
Do I need an upper-extremity specialist for total shoulder replacement?
Choosing a doctor who specializes in total shoulder replacement surgery and has additional training in upper extremity conditions and surgical procedures can provide numerous benefits for patients. Specialized training and experience can lead to more successful outcomes, shorter recovery times, and reduced risk of complications. Specialists are also more likely to use the latest techniques and technologies in shoulder replacement surgery, which can improve the overall patient experience.
How long is the recovery for total shoulder replacement?
During the first few days after surgery, patients will need to rest and limit their activity to allow the shoulder to heal. Pain medication and ice packs can help manage any discomfort during this time. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few months
With that said, true recovery time after total shoulder replacement surgery will vary depending on the individual patient and the extent of the surgery.
In general, patients can expect to spend a few weeks in physical therapy to help expedite regaining strength and range of motion in the shoulder.
What alternatives might be effective when considering total shoulder replacement?
While total shoulder replacement is often an effective treatment option for patients with severe joint damage, there are other treatments that may be considered before surgery. These can include physical therapy, medications, and injections to manage pain and improve mobility.
An orthopedic specialists at Modern Orthopedics will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.
If you’re considering total shoulder replacement surgery or have questions about other treatment options, contact Modern Orthopedics of New Jersey today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons. Our specialists in total shoulder replacement and upper extremity conditions are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to help you get back to the activities you love with a healthy, pain-free shoulder.
Is Total Shoulder Replacement Right For Me?
Shoulder pain and limited mobility can significantly impact your quality of life, making it difficult to perform even the simplest of daily activities. If you’ve tried conservative treatments like physical therapy and medications, but still experience ongoing pain and stiffness, total shoulder replacement surgery may be an option to consider.
Let’s explore the factors to consider when deciding if total shoulder replacement is right for you.
Your level of pain and disability
One of the key factors to consider when deciding if total shoulder replacement is right for you is the level of pain and disability you’re experiencing. If your shoulder pain is affecting your ability to perform daily activities like getting dressed, carrying groceries, or even sleeping comfortably at night, total shoulder replacement may be an option to consider. Additionally, if your shoulder pain is not responding to conservative treatments, like physical therapy and medications, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend total shoulder replacement surgery to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life.
Extent of Shoulder Damage
Another important factor to consider when deciding if total shoulder replacement is right for you is the extent of your shoulder damage. This is something that should be assessed with a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Upper Extremity Joint Replacement.
Total shoulder replacement is typically recommended for patients with severe shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, or other conditions that have led to significant joint damage. If you have moderate joint damage, less invasive treatment options, such as injections or arthroscopic surgery might be an option.
Overall Health and Medical History
Your overall health and medical history are also important factors to consider when deciding if total shoulder replacement is right for you. Total shoulder replacement is a major surgery that requires anesthesia and involves some risks, such as infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. Your orthopedic surgeon will evaluate your medical history and overall health to determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery. If you have certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, that could increase your risk of complications, your surgeon may recommend alternative treatments.
Lifestyle and Goals
Finally, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and goals when deciding if total shoulder replacement is right for you. If you’re an active person who enjoys sports or other physical activities, total shoulder replacement surgery may be the best option to help you return to your previous level of activity. However, if you’re not as physically active and are primarily concerned with reducing your pain and improving your quality of life, other treatment options may be more appropriate.
Total shoulder replacement surgery can be an effective treatment option for patients with severe shoulder pain and limited mobility.
If you’re considering total shoulder replacement surgery, schedule a consultation with our experienced orthopedic surgeons to discuss your options and develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.
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