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Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery Recovery
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hemi, Total, Reverse: 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. ...Read more
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
I have a touch of lympodemia and am going for complete shoulder replacement on same arm can I remove the band from my arm after surgery?
I'm 58 and told my shoulder joint cartilege is worn away and I need shoulder replacement. Is living with the pain and deferring surgery an option?
I had shoulder replacement surgery 5 years ago and it hurts more now than before. All in my neck, my back and down my arm, is this normal?
Many Sources?: We need a clear diagnosis and cause for your symptoms first. Please make an appointment with your surgeon to get the process started. In the meantime, you can learn more here: http://www. Theshouldercenter. Com/shoulder-replacement. Htm. ...Read more
My 73 yr old husband just has shoulder replacement surgery. He is urinating 2 times an hour. Why?
Not too bad: At 80 years of age, it is important to have a through pre-operative medical evaluation. If you are healthy enough for surgery, the recovery should not be too bad. Regional anesthetics provide good post-operative pain relief, along with ice and pain medication. There is typically 6 weeks of restricted motion before therapy begins. Therapy may last for up to 3 months. ...Read more
Usually overnight: Some joint replacement surgeries are done as an outpatient. How the surgery goes and post-operative pain control will determine how soon you can go home. Usually, patients will get home the same day or next. Regional anesthetic helps with post-operative pain control. Talk to your surgeon and anesthesiologist. ...Read more
I am having shoulder replacement surgery but have burst water blister on breast should I be worried about infection? It looks ok.
Tell your surgeon: Before any surgery, you want to make sure to tell your surgeon if there are any changes to your medical condition, particularly something like this. Your surgeon can then decide if your blister has healed enough to be a non-issue or if it may make more sense to postpone the surgery. ...Read more
Never: 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. ...Read more
Total Shoulder: The website Liftmyarm. Com has great information on total shoulders. My website WilsonShoulder. Com also has a procedure tab detailing this procedure. Hope this helps, Joe Wilson. ...Read more
Patience!: Joint replacement surgery is a great solution for arthritic joint pain. But it does take time to heal and recover. Shoulder range of motion is typically restricted for about 6wks after surgery. Therapy may be needed for 6-12wks after immbolization has ended. You will need to take pain medicine after surgery, but you will feel better. Find an orthopaedic surgeon with experience in shoulder surgery. ...Read more
Average 6 months:
Everybody recovers differently after a total shoulder replacement. Your recovery will be influenced by the severity of your arthritis, how stiff your shoulder is prior to surgery, the condition of your rotator cuff, and the amount of therapy and exercise you do.
The more dedicated the patient is to his/her recovery, the quicker they will recover and the more successful the surgery will be. ...Read more
Yes: If the operation is done properly.Get a more detailed answer ›
Shoulder replacement: 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
3-6 month recovery: 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! ...Read more
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