Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder replacement surgery is necessary when the shoulder joint becomes damaged. Some common reasons why the surgery is performed include:

  • Arthritis in the shoulder joint
  • Injuries such as broken bones or damage to the rotator cuff in the shoulder

What Happens During Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Before choosing to do surgery, the orthopedic specialist may instead try and treat the damaged shoulder with pain medication or physical therapy. However, if the shoulder is damaged enough , or other treatment options do not work, then surgery is usually the best option.

During shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged or diseased area of the humerus and cartilage in the shoulder are replaced with a metal and plastic joint. This is a major surgery that will usually require you to remain in the hospital for several days and to receive physical therapy afterwards.

What Happens After Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

After surgery, you are moved to a private room. Pain and swelling are to be expected and the care team will do everything to keep this under control. Ice, medications and breathing/relaxation techniques are some effective ways that will be used to control pain. Your family and friends are strongly encouraged to participate and learn how to assist you with dressing, cooking and feeding yourself once you go home.

The case management team will work with the care team to plan for your discharge from the hospital. The team will also discuss any home care needs recommended by your care team and arrange this before your discharge.

Once discharged, you should follow up with your primary care physician. You will also have follow up appointments with the surgeon.

Our comprehensive program is designed to get you back to your normal function as soon as possible.