Animesh Agarwal, MDOrthopedic Surgery
Caitlyn Mooney, MDSports Medicine
Case Martin, MDOrthopedic Surgery
Before choosing total shoulder replacement surgery, your orthopedic doctor may first try to treat you with noninvasive options like pain medication or physical therapy. However, if other treatment options do not work, then surgery may be your best option.
During Shoulder Replacement SurgeryDuring 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 at University Hospital for several days and to do physical therapy afterwards.
After Shoulder Replacement Surgery
After surgery, you are moved to a private room. Your care team will do everything to keep pain and swelling under control with ice, medications and breathing techniques. We strongly encourage your family and friends to participate and learn how to help you with dressing, cooking and feeding yourself once you go home.
Your case management team will work with your care team to plan for your discharge from the hospital. Your team will also discuss any home care needs and arrange them before your discharge.
After Discharge From the Hospital
After you leave the hospital, you should follow up with your primary care physician. You will also have follow-up appointments with your orthopedic surgeon. University Health can seamlessly coordinate your care, and your care team will be working together every step of the way.