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Dr. Robert Purchase Dr. Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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How long is the recovery time from a total shoulder replacement?

How long is the recovery time from a total shoulder replacement?

3-6 months: It takes at least 3 months to recover from a shoulder replacement. It is not uncommon for the recovery to take 6 months or more. The shoulder will slowly improve up to 2 years after the surgery. Talk to your surgeon for more details. ...Read more

Dr. Mena Mesiha
54 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Robert Coats II Dr. Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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How difficult and how long is recovery typically after shoulder replacement in 80 year old?

How difficult and how long is recovery typically  after shoulder replacement in 80 year old?

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

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Dr. Alex Meyers Dr. Meyers
Surgery - Hand Surgery
21 years in practice
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Do i need a shoulder replacement?

Do i need a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement: Shoulder replacement should be a very last resort for shoulder pain. Wait as long as you can. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan Dr. Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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How complicated is shoulder replacement?

How complicated is shoulder replacement?

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

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Dr. Douglas Chang Dr. Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
17 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Shoulder replacement at 80, is that okay?

Shoulder replacement at 80, is that okay?

Well...: 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

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Dr. Stephen Southard Dr. Southard
Internal Medicine
11 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Can i deadlift heavy with a shoulder replacement?

Can i deadlift heavy with a shoulder replacement?

Remember: This is going to place your replacement under an unnecessary load and risk the failure/compromise of your replacement. I would review this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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What to expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

What to expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

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

Dr. Gregory Harvey Dr. Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
34 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Should I have much pain after shoulder replacement?

Should I have much pain after shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement: There will be pain for the first 1-2 weeks but it should decrease with time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Levy Dr. Levy
Orthopedic Surgery
17 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How long does pain last after shoulder replacement?

You may be surprised: Shoulder pain can resolve rather quickly following total shoulder replacement surgery. I find that nearly half my patients are off of all narcotic medications by the time their sutures are removed at 10 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Nick Meyer Dr. Meyer
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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What alternatives are there for shoulder replacement?

What alternatives are there for shoulder replacement?

Conservative Rx: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu Dr. Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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What should I expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

Rehabilitation/Rest: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Coats II Dr. Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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When is a shoulder replacement 100% medically necessary?

When is  a shoulder replacement 100% medically necessary?

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

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Dr. James Bicos Dr. Bicos
Orthopedic Surgery
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What can be anticipated for a partial shoulder replacement?

What can be anticipated for a partial shoulder replacement?

Major surgery: A partial or total shoulder replacement is the same thing in terms of how major the surgery is. It is an open incision on the shoulder and the ball is taken out with a metal replacement put in. Typically 1 - 2 day hospital course. Sling for 6 weeks with physical therapy. Full recovery can be about 5 - 6 months. Is this for you? That is young to do it, unless you have necrosis of the shoulder. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Coats II Dr. Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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How long does it take to recover after a shoulder replacement?

How long does it take to recover after a shoulder replacement?

About 3-6 months: Total shoulder arthroplasty (tsa) replaces the shoulder ball and socket with metal and plastic. To expose the joint for replacement, one of the rotator cuff tendons (subscapularus) has to be detached from the humerus. It takes about 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to bone and motion is restricted during this healing time. Afterwards, therapy is needed to restore motion and strenght. ...Read more

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Dr. Rhett Griggs Dr. Griggs
Surgery - Hand Surgery
15 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How much time does it take to recover from a shoulder replacement?

Usually: Several months and rehab can take up to 6-9 months overall before you are back to as best as you can be. Quote from Web MD: "Doctors usually do not recommend shoulder replacement surgery for people who have very high expectations for how much they will be able to do with the artificial joint (for example, people who expect to be able to play competitive sports)." Consider Stem Cell Therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Coats II Dr. Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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What should be anticipated postop for a partial shoulder replacement?

What should be anticipated postop for a partial shoulder replacement?

Why a partial?: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Wilson Dr. Wilson
Orthopedic Surgery
9 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What is total shoulder replacement? Is it painful?

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

Dr. Shawn Hennigan Dr. Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Robert Purchase Dr. Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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. Charles Toman
89 doctors shared insights

Shoulder Replacement (Definition)

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