Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Surgery:

Total Shoulder Replacement

Description:

Removal of Arthritis and replace with metal and plastic implants

Alternatives:

Do Nothing; Medicines; Physical Therapy; Injections

Goals:

Relieve pain, Improve function

Hospital:

1 -2 day stay, Physical Therapy, discharge to home or rehabilitation center.

Therapy:

Exercises in hospital and at home, supervised by physical therapist

Off Work:

Depends on job, approximately 4 weeks

Driving:

No driving for 2 – 4 weeks, then when off pain medicine and feel safe

Weight bearing:

Immobilized in a brace up to 4 weeks.

Assistive devices:

None

Pain Control:

Narcotic pain medicine by mouth

Swimming:

When instructed by the doctor

Dental work:

We request you have all dental procedures done prior to your surgery. You will require an antibiotic prior to any dental work for a minimum of 2 years after your surgery

Medical Clearance:

You will need medical clearance from your primary doctor and/or cardiologist prior to surgery

Traveling:

Please do not plan on traveling for a minimum of 6 weeks. Please notify Dr. Curcione if travel is considered within the first 3 months after surgery

Complications:

Anesthesia, Bleeding, Infection, Stiffness, Damage to nerve/blood vessel/ ligament, Fracture, Blood clot, Lung Clot, Medical, Failure/loosening of implant, Failure to achieve goals

Dr. Curcione explains Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Orthopedics

Your musculoskeletal system, which comprises 206 bones that are connected by joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves, protects your internal organs, supports your weight, and allows you to move. It's a complex, interdependent system where even a minor disruption can result in discomfort.

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