Shoulder Replacement

What is a shoulder replacement?

During a shoulder replacement, deteriorated portions of the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial parts known as prostheses in an effort to remove the cause of pain and dysfunction. Osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis, or rheumatoid arthritis are the conditions most frequently causing shoulder replacement surgery. Your discomfort will be reduced, your strength will be enhanced, your range of motion will be expanded, and you will be able to use your shoulder and arm.

Maruti Hospital is one of Ahmedabad’s Best Hospitals for Shoulder Replacement Surgery.

Why is a shoulder replacement done?

Patients with joint problems have the option of having shoulder replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or (rarely) serious fractures from trauma or falls are the most common causes of this. In general, all alternative treatment options—like physical therapy and medications—are taken into account first.

If you experience any of the following signs, you might be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery:

  1. You find it difficult to perform routine tasks like cleaning, getting dressed, and reaching into a cupboard because your shoulder discomfort is so intense.
  2. Your shoulder has lost some of its range of motion.
  3. Your shoulder is a weak spot.
  4. You can’t get a restful night’s sleep because your pain is so severe.
  5. You’ve tried physical therapy, cortisone injections, and anti-inflammatory drugs without success.
  6. You’ve had arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff repair, or fracture healing in the past, but it didn’t help your issues.

What happens at the first appointment for a shoulder replacement surgery?

A number of x-rays, a physical examination, and a comprehensive assessment of your medical history will be part of your consultation visit and initial meeting with the orthopaedic surgeon.

When providing a history of your shoulder issue to the surgeon, be sure to mention any limitations in movement, pain during exercise, pain at rest, and any past treatments, such as prescription drugs, injections, physical therapy, and operations.

You, your orthopaedic surgeon, and your family will decide the best course of action based on this information.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Initial recovery usually takes 6 to 12 weeks, but full recovery may extend over several months. Physical therapy is crucial for optimal healing.

Risks include infection, nerve injury, and implant-related issues. These risks are minimized through careful pre-operative assessment and post-operative care.

Shoulder implants vary, including stemmed and stemless designs. Your surgeon will recommend the most suitable type based on your specific condition and anatomy.

Yes, physical therapy is vital for regaining shoulder function, strength, and range of motion. It plays a crucial role in the overall success of the surgery.

Patients should avoid heavy lifting and high-impact activities. Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery and long-term success.