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EdhaCare - Shoulder Replacement Surgery In India


Shoulder Replacement - Overview

The damaged portions of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components known as prosthesis during shoulder replacement surgery.

The ball (head) of the humerus bone can be replaced alone, or the ball and socket can be replaced together (glenoid).

The injured humeral head (or joint “ball”) is replaced with a metal ball, and the glenoid (also known as the “socket”) is given a new smooth plastic surface.

The hallmark of practically all shoulder replacement implant systems is metal on plastic surfaces (rather than metal on metal).

With certain complex humeral head fractures, partial shoulder replacement (or hemi-replacement) may be recommended.

This technique necessitates the complete replacement of the ball component.

Shoulder Replacement - Symptoms

If you have a condition that causes pain in your shoulder and makes it difficult to use your arm, you may need to consider shoulder replacement surgery.

A major shoulder injury, such as a broken bone, should be treated immediately.

Severe arthritis A torn rotator cuff

Shoulder Replacement - Pre-Procedure

Your doctor will perform a thorough examination as well as X-rays or other imaging procedures to examine the joint before you receive your replacement shoulder.

Any other medical concerns you may have, as well as any drugs you are taking, should be discussed with your doctor.

Several weeks before surgery, you will be recommended to cease using certain medications, particularly narcotic pain relievers.

Your doctor will also advise you to limit your alcohol consumption and increase your physical activity.

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop.

On the night before your procedure, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight.

Shoulder Replacement - During Procedure

It takes approximately 3 hours to complete this treatment.

An orthopaedic surgeon will use medicines to sedate you throughout the procedure.

In the ball and socket of the shoulder joint, the surgeon will replace your natural bone with a metal or plastic material.

This is a complicated procedure that will require you to stay in the hospital for several days.

Physical rehabilitation will be required following the surgery for many weeks.

Three types of shoulder replacement procedures are described below:

The most common type of shoulder replacement surgery is total shoulder replacement.

The ball at the top of your humerus is replaced with a metal ball, which is linked to the remaining bone and the socket is covered with a new plastic surface in this process.

Only the ball of the shoulder is replaced in a partial shoulder replacement.

If your rotator cuff is injured, you’ll need a reverse shoulder replacement.

When a previous shoulder replacement surgery has failed, this procedure is used.

A metal ball is joined to your shoulder bones, and a socket is implanted at the top of your arm in this treatment.

Shoulder Replacement - Post-Procedure

The patient must stay in the hospital for 2 to 5 days after surgery before returning home.

Swelling and pain will occur in the replacement shoulder.

To assist you manage the pain, your doctor will prescribe various medications and treatments.

To reduce edoema, cold compresses are applied.

Your arm will be braced at initially to prevent it from moving.

You can begin physical therapy to get your arm and new shoulder operating within a day or two.

After you return home, you can continue your physical therapy.

You’ll also be asked to do workouts that will help your new joint function better over time.

It could take up to four weeks for you to lift anything heavier than a glass of water.

During your rehabilitation, your arm will be in a sling.

It could take up to 6 weeks for you to be able to drive again.

You will have multiple follow-up appointments and visits with your doctor in the year following your surgery so that he or she can assess your recovery.

Shoulder Replacement - Risk & Complications

After shoulder replacement surgery, most people have complete range of motion in their shoulder and can resume their normal activities.

However, like with any operation, there is the possibility of problems.

These may include the following:

Infection or bleeding around the joint: Antibiotics will most likely be prescribed following your operation to limit the risk of infection.

When the ball falls out of the socket, this is called dislocation.

During surgery, your shoulder’s nerves may be affected as well:

They usually bounce back.

After years of usage, the artificial shoulder may become loose or separate from the bone, necessitating surgery to repair.