Peninsula Orthopedic Associates
Orthopedists & Sports Medicine located in Daly City, CA & Menlo Park, CA
More than 50,000 people in the United States undergo a shoulder replacement each year. If shoulder pain and discomfort are affecting your quality of life, the orthopedic specialists at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates in Daly City, California, may be able to help. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about shoulder replacement.
Shoulder Replacement Q & A
What is shoulder replacement?
Although less common than a hip or knee replacement, a shoulder replacement offers the same benefits, including a reduction in pain and restoration of joint function, possibly allowing you to resume the things you love to do.
However, as with any surgery, deciding to replace your shoulder requires careful consideration, weighing the benefits and risks. Your orthopedic specialist at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates will certainly help guide you in your decision making.
Who is a good candidate for shoulder replacement?
Your orthopedic surgeon at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates determines if you’re a good candidate for shoulder replacement after a thorough examination and diagnostic tests.
There are a number of different medical conditions that may cause you to lean toward joint replacement of your shoulder, including:
- Severe fracture
- Avascular necrosis, a condition that causes a decrease in blood flow to your bone
- Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
However, before deciding to replace your shoulder, your orthopedist may recommend conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, or joint injections.
What can I expect during shoulder replacement surgery?
Shoulder replacement surgery is a major surgery done while you’re under general anesthesia so you won’t feel anything during the procedure. Your surgeon begins with an incision on the front of your shoulder, cutting through your tendons. Then the upper arm is dislocated to expose the ball-like end.
Only the portion of the bone covered by articular cartilage is removed, and the upper arm bone is cleaned and shaped to facilitate the insertion of your replacement shoulder.
The amount of shoulder replaced depends on your individual damage. Your surgeon inserts the replacement parts and checks for alignment and fit, making adjustments as needed, and then reattaches your tendons and closes the incision. For comfort and healing, your surgeon places your arm in a sling with a pillow for support to help hold your joint in place.
The length of time you’re in surgery varies according to your health and the health of your shoulder.
What can I expect after my shoulder replacement?
Rehabilitation is an important part of your recovery following shoulder replacement surgery and begins the day of surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon provides specific guidelines on how to care for your shoulder replacement following the procedure. These may include lifting and activity restrictions.
Total recovery time varies from patient to patient, but you may have to refrain from your usual activities for two weeks or more. You may also need to find someone to help you with driving for up to four weeks.
For shoulder replacement, call Peninsula Orthopedic Associates or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.
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