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Is it ok to lift weights after shoulder replacement surgery?

Is it ok to lift weights after shoulder replacement surgery?

Be careful: The artificial parts of a total shoulder arthroplasty are not as durable as the native joint. The more you use them the faster they will wear out. This has been clearly shown in hip and knee replacements. I would expect it to be no different in shoulder replacements. I would stick to low weights and intensity lifting. Talk to your surgeon for clarification. ...Read more

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Dr. Mena Mesiha
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Shoulder Joint Replacement (Definition)

Typically a shoulder replacement is an artificial step which fits into the humerus and usually includes a cup to fit into the socket of the glenoid usually it is done for severely comminuted proximal humeral fractures or rheumatoid arthritic patients who have severe pain ...Read more


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I had total shoulder replacement surgery 4 mos ago but still can't lift my arm to shoulder level, should I be worried?

I had total shoulder replacement surgery 4 mos ago but still can't lift my arm to shoulder level, should I be worried?

Probably not: Without complications it usually takes 6 mos-1yr to obtain the maximum benefits from shoulder replacement including range of motion and strength. ...Read more

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How much pain is normal after shoulder replacement surgery?

How much pain is normal after shoulder replacement surgery?

Shoulder replacement: Pain from the arthritis is often much better right away. Pain from the surgery may be significant initially, but responds well to meds. Happiest patients in my practice. ...Read more

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How long will rehabilitation after shoulder replacement surgery be?

How long will rehabilitation after shoulder replacement surgery be?

Nearly 80% by 3-4m: Pain relief typically occurs within the first month. Functional gains may take 3-4 months. We tend to see close to 80% of the improvement within the first 3-4 months. But there is no question that improvements continue for the entire year. ...Read more

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What options exist for rehabilitation after shoulder replacement surgery?

What options exist for rehabilitation after shoulder replacement surgery?

Ask the surgeon: After just about any orthopedic surgery, the exact rehab protocol is directed by the surgeon. There are many factors that influence what should be done and when as well as what should not be done. The best person who can consider all those factors is the surgeon. This could be not more applicable to shoulder replacements. ...Read more

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What is the common response to rehabilitation after shoulder replacement surgery?

What is the common response to rehabilitation after shoulder replacement surgery?

Typically good: Typically people do very well following shoulder surgery, even replacement. Many options exist for rehab. Some people require a short period of therapy in the hospital. Others are trained to do therapy at home. Still others go daily to weekly to a therapist's office for treatment. Talk to your orthopedist - they will know what would be best for you. ...Read more

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How do I know if shoulder replacement surgery is the best thing for me?

How do I know if shoulder replacement surgery is the best thing for me?

Talk to your doctor: Joint replacement is not to be taken lightly. No man made joint will work as well as what you were born with. When pain and dysfunction start to affect quality of life, joint replacement surgery becomes a reasonable option. Talk to a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, who specializes in shoulder replacement surgery. Overall, the function and pain relief are quite good. ...Read more

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If you have shoulder replacement surgery, will you eventually get full function?

Pretty close: Your function is likely quite poor of you are considering a total shoulder arthroplasty (tsa). Like hip and knee replacement, tsa is a very good operation with excellent pain relieve. Unlike the hip and knee, which have limited motion, the shoulder is more flexible. Your range of motion will likely be less than a normal joint, but you should be able to do almost anything you want. ...Read more

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I am having total shoulder replacement surgery next week. How much pain will I be in?

I am having total shoulder replacement surgery next week. How much pain will I be in?

There will be pain: Shoulder replacements are associated with post-op pain. The pain is worse right after surgery and gets better. There are many ways that your pain can be alleviated and we get people through it. Such pain relieving methods include medications, block, positive imagery, etc. Talk to your surgeon about the details. ...Read more

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I am having total shoulder replacement surgery next week. Is the pain unbearable immediately following surgery?

No: The pain isn't unbearable and can be decreased with regional anesthesia, called a "shoulder block". You will be uncomfortable, but its important to remember that the pain you are having now is going to keep getting worse. The pain that you have after surgery will keep getting better. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Shoulder Replacement (Definition)

Shoulder replacement mean replacing the ball and socket or the humeral head and ...Read more