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Shoulder replacement at 80, is that okay?

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obviously you have to weigh the risks/benefits/alternatives, and that is a very individual decision. In any case, here is a great article, I hope you can download: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20595116
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Dr. Nick Meyer answered:

What alternatives are there for shoulder replacement?

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Assuming one has arthritis in the shoulder, the options are: Surgical (replacement) or non-surgical. The non-surgical treatments include antiinflammatory medications, steroid injections, pain medications, therapy and other alternative treatments such as chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, etc. Steroids and therapy tend to be the primary traditional non-operative treatments.
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan answered:

How complicated is shoulder replacement?

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Total shoulder replacement is a technically demanding procedure. Results have been shown to be vastly better when performed by a surgeon who performs the procedure on a regular basis. In surveys done by AAOS, the avg number of shoulder replacements done per year is 3. Best to see a shoulder surgeon who performs this upwards of 3 per month or more.
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Should i have much pain after shoulder replacement?

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There will be pain for the first 1-2 weeks but it should decrease with time
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Dr. Allen P. Lu answered:

What should I expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

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In order to perform a partial shoulder replacement, one of the rotator cuff tendons are cut, then reattached. Because of this, the tendon needs time to heal. A period of rest if necessary to protect this healing before starting rehabilitation. A partial replacement lasts considerably longer overall, but has the drawback of residual pain from not replacing the socket side of the joint.
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Dr. Alex M. Meyers answered:

Do i need a shoulder replacement?

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Shoulder replacement should be a very last resort for shoulder pain. Wait as long as you can.
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What should be anticipated postop for a partial shoulder replacement?

Why a partial?

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A partial or hemi-arthroplasty is a good option for a proximal humerus fracture or for a young person with avascular/osteo necrosis of the humeral head. For arthritis of the glenohumeral joint (shoulder), a total shoulder arthroplasty is the best option. Pain relief after a hemi-arthroplasty lasts about 5 years. Both hemi & total arthroplasties require 6 weeks of restricted motion and therapy.
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What to expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

3-6 month recovery

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time. This will be a painful surgery but, assuming you have a good orthopedist, you will most likely have improved range of motion and less pain after recovery. You may experience some nerve damage to smaller nerves in the area, but this normally recovers in the normal rehab time. There are risks and you should speak to your ortho about these. Best of luck!
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When is a shoulder replacement 100% medically necessary?

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The only thing that is 100% medically necessary is something that is life or limb saving. Everything else is about life style and function. If you have pain that you can't treat and poor function, then shoulder replacement is a good option. What you have to ask yourself is whether you can live with things the way they are now? In general, most patients are very happy with their joint replacements
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Dr. James Bicos answered:

What are the different types of prostheses used in shoulder replacement surgery?

Hemi, Total, Reverse

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There are three basic types of options for shoulder arthritis. The first is the hemiarthroplasty, where you just replace the ball of the shoulder. The second is the total shoulder arthroplasty, where you replace the ball and the socket. The third is the Reverse shoulder arthroplasty and is used in certain situations of arthritis but without a working rotator cuff.
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