Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty)


Total Shoulder Replacement


Removal of Arthritis and replace with metal and plastic implants


Do Nothing; Medicines; Physical Therapy; Injections


Relieve pain, Improve function


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


Exercises in hospital and at home, supervised by physical therapist

Off Work:

Depends on job, approximately 4 weeks


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:


Pain Control:

Narcotic pain medicine by mouth


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


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


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)


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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