Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder Replacement Specialist
Shoulder replacement surgery restores range of motion and alleviates chronic pain for 53,000 Americans yearly, making shoulder replacement surgery much less common than knee or hip replacement surgery (impacting 900,000 Americans a year). Shoulder replacement surgery is the treatment of choice for patients who haven’t found pain relief through more conservative methods. If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain and consider a shoulder replacement, contact Drs. Sinha and Spencer at STAR Ortho in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, California today.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What causes wear and tear on the shoulder?

In most cases, shoulder replacement surgery is performed to relieve chronic pain, and in most cases, this chronic pain is caused by osteoarthritis in the shoulder. Osteoarthritis can occur in a variety of patients for several different reasons, but a common culprit is repetitive overhead work or heavy lifting.

Who is a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery?

If you’re healthy enough to endure surgery and have shoulder pain caused by worn down cartilage and bone changes in the shoulder joint that physical therapy, rest, ice, and over-the-counter medications can't resolve, you may be a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.

The only way to definitively know whether surgery is an option for you is to see a doctor who specializes in orthopedic medicine.

How is replacement surgery performed?

Each shoulder replacement surgery is performed differently:

  • Total shoulder replacement – both the ball of the humerus and the cartilage in the socket are replaced

  • Hemiarthroplasty – the ball of your humerus is replaced, and your shoulder socket remains as is

  • Reverse total shoulder replacement – the ball and socket are replaced and reversed; the ball is attached to the shoulder, and the socket is fixed to the humerus

Once your doctor determines the right treatment method for you, he or she will ensure you know what to expect during the procedure.

What is the recovery like after shoulder replacement surgery?

Most patients stay in the hospital for a day or two following shoulder replacement surgery and then return home. But complete rehabilitation can take several months.

At home, you have to avoid specific activities and perform particular stretches and exercises several times per day. Physical therapy is necessary after shoulder replacement surgery.

What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?

Shoulder surgery is typically very successful. The vast majority of patients achieve reduced pain and improved quality of life after shoulder replacement surgery.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some inherent risks of infection, blood clots, nerve injury, difficulty healing, and risks associated with anesthesia. Discuss the risks and benefits with your provider before planning surgery.

What causes wear and tear on the shoulder?

In most cases, shoulder replacement surgery is performed to relieve chronic pain, and in most cases, this chronic pain is caused by osteoarthritis in the shoulder. Osteoarthritis can occur in a variety of patients for several different reasons, but a common culprit is repetitive overhead work or heavy lifting.

Who is a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery?

If you’re healthy enough to endure surgery and have shoulder pain caused by worn down cartilage and bone changes in the shoulder joint that physical therapy, rest, ice, and over-the-counter medications can't resolve, you may be a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.

The only way to definitively know whether surgery is an option for you is to see a doctor who specializes in orthopedic medicine.

How is replacement surgery performed?

Each shoulder replacement surgery is performed differently:

  • Total shoulder replacement – both the ball of the humerus and the cartilage in the socket are replaced
  • Hemiarthroplasty – the ball of your humerus is replaced, and your shoulder socket remains as is
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement – the ball and socket are replaced and reversed; the ball is attached to the shoulder, and the socket is fixed to the humerus

Once your doctor determines the right treatment method for you, he or she will ensure you know what to expect during the procedure.

What is the recovery like after shoulder replacement surgery?

Most patients stay in the hospital for a day or two following shoulder replacement surgery and then return home. But complete rehabilitation can take several months.

At home, you have to avoid specific activities and perform particular stretches and exercises several times per day. Physical therapy is necessary after shoulder replacement surgery.

What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?

Shoulder surgery is typically very successful. The vast majority of patients achieve reduced pain and improved quality of life after shoulder replacement surgery.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some inherent risks of infection, blood clots, nerve injury, difficulty healing, and risks associated with anesthesia. Discuss the risks and benefits with your provider before planning surgery.

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