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.
Very. While shoulder replacement is a very exacting surgery, most orthopedists who do them have specialized training and large experience. Results are excellent and long lasting and these patients are among my most satisfied. 90 minute operation under regional without need for general anesthesia. Outpatient or hospital prodcedure. Shoulder arthritis is a big problem with a currently great solution.
Not complicated. For shoulder surgeons, the procedure is very straightforward. It involves moving your muscles to the side, temporarily detaching a rotator cuff muscle, and accessing the shoulder joint. The head (ball part) is the removed and replaced with metal while the glenoid (socket part) is replaced by plastic. The rotator cuff muscle is reattached and the skin closed. It is a highly successful surgery!
See shoulder doc. For patients in your age group, you may not need shoulder replacement. Other options such as shoulder replacement maybe options. Newer procedures such as the cam procedure (comprehensive arthroscopic management) of shoulder arthritis maybe options. See www.Nycsportsmed.Com for more options.

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Do I need a shoulder replacement?

Probably not. Mainly b/c the technology has limitations that might not make it the best choice for you now, but it's a complicated subject... http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00094 what do your prior surgeons advise? Read more...
Shoulder replacement. Shoulder replacement should be a very last resort for shoulder pain. Wait as long as you can. Read more...
No. At age 17 absolutely not. This would be last resort. Would disagree with dr. Chang as in fact shoulder arthroplasty has come quite a long way and is the most rapid growing sector in joint replacement surgery. Would really require more information as conditions like chondrolysis may require more agressive measures. Dr. Brian cole has really advanced cartilage preservation so def. Get opinions. Read more...
Shoulder replacement. at such a young age (21 years), shoulder replacement is highly unlikely to be an option for a painful shoulder. Read more...

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...
Shoulder replacement. as long an elderly patient is medically optimized for surgery and "cleared" by their physicians (primary care and/or cardiologist or other important physicians managing their medical problems), then yes shoulder replacement surgery is ok despite advanced chronologic age such as 80 years. Read more...

Can I deadlift heavy with a shoulder replacement?

No. If u were my patient who had total shoulder replacement i would restrict u from any 'heavy' lifting ; esp. 'dead lifts'.. For concern for injury to your shoulder ; esp. Dislocation of components.Some workouts would be acceptable but you would need to discuss these w/ your surgeon quite obviously. Best of luck w/ your 'new ' shoulder! Read more...
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...
Shoulder replacement. heavy loads after shoulder replacement risk place the components at risk for early failure and is ill-advised. Read more...

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...

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...
Shoulder arthritis. There are any treatments for shoulders arthritis. Avoidance of painful activities, nsaids, injections of steroid, and injections of viscosupplements. The reason, however, there earnest many shoulder replacements are done is because the other treatments listed above fail to provide adequate relief of symptoms. Good luck! Read more...
Alternatives. Others here have done a good job of explaining alternatives. A few additional points. I have found therapy not to be very helpful. Often therapy is painful if you are at a stage that you need shoulder replacement. And unless you can really work through a lot of pain it may not be worth the time or effort. Fish oil is a good natural anti inflammatory that some people find helpful. Read more...
Not many. If you have bone on bone shoulder arthritis, there's probably no other surgery that would help you. Read more...

What should I expect for a partial shoulder replacement?

Relief. Partial shoulder replacement provides good pain relief and subsequently better range of motion and function. P. Read more...
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...

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...
Rarely. The only absolute indication for a partial or total shoulder replacement would be an unrepairable complex fracture of the upper part of the humerus bone (ball). Other indications are usually for end stage arthritis or a chronic, unrepairable rotator cuff tear that has resulted in severe pain and loss of function. Joint replacement in general is still usually an elective procedure and over 60y/o. Read more...
Almost never. The 2 indications for shoulder replacement are cartilage destruction later causing secondary pain. Usually arthritis. Medically necessary surgery is to prevent risk to life or limb. Arthritis is neither. However a shoulder can progressively degenerate making a replacement more difficult in late stages of arthritis. Read more...