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Total Shoulder Replacement

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What Is A Total Shoulder Replacement?

Surgeons perform total shoulder replacement, to address severe shoulder joint arthritis or other conditions causing significant pain and loss of function in the shoulder. During this procedure, they replace the damaged parts of the shoulder joint with artificial components. Aiming to restore joint function and alleviate pain.

Key Points

  1. Incision: Surgoens make an incision in the front or side of the shoulder, providing access to the shoulder joint.
  2. Removal of damaged joint surfaces:  Moreover, surgeons then remove the damaged parts of the humerus (upper arm bone) and glenoid (socket of the shoulder blade).
  3. Implant placement: Then surgens inseret the humeral component, which includes a stem inserted into the upper arm bone and a ball-shaped head, into the humerus. Following they place the glenoid component, a plastic socket, into the glenoid.
  4. Fixation: The artificial components may be fixed in place using bone cement or by press-fit depending on the specific technique and the patient’s condition.
  5. Closure: Lastly the surgeon closes he incision with sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

After the surgery, healthcare providers typically recommend a period of rehabilitation to restore shoulder strength, range of motion, and functional abilities. They prescribe physical therapy exercises and controlled movements. Aiming to gradually increase shoulder mobility and strength. Additionally, the rehabilitation program may span several months to achieve optimal outcomes.

Total shoulder replacement surgery significantly improves pain, restores joint function, and enhances overall shoulder mobility. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals with advanced arthritis, rotator cuff arthropathy or severe fractures.

Like any surgical procedure, total shoulder replacement carries potential risks and complications, including infection, blood clots, or the need for future revision surgery. Thorough evaluation and consultation with an orthopedic surgeon are crucial to determine if total shoulder replacement is the appropriate treatment option. The surgeon will consider factors such as your age, overall health, level of activity, and the severity of your shoulder condition to provide personalized treatment recommendations.

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