Total shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the ends of the bones in a damaged or diseased joint. Total replacement of the shoulder will create new joint surfaces in the shoulder.
During total shoulder replacement surgery, one of our shoulder experts will replace your diseased or damaged shoulder bones with a metal or plastic piece that is specifically made for the shoulder. These pieces will be held in place with cement or a material that will allow your new bone to grow over time.
The top of your upper arm is shaped like a ball. Muscles and ligaments hold this ball against the cup-shaped part of your shoulder. The ball-shaped shoulder bone will be replaced with a long metal piece, which is inserted into your upper arm. If the cup-shaped bone is damaged, it may also be replaced with a metal or plastic piece as well.
You will be able to go home 1 or 2 days after shoulder replacement surgery. You will likely experience some pain after surgery, but pain medication will be prescribed for you to stay on top of the pain. When you leave the hospital, a sling will be provided for you to wear for the first six weeks. Physical therapy begins shortly after surgery to start rebuilding strength in your shoulder.
Following your shoulder replacement procedure, there are certain do’s and don’ts that you should adhere to in terms of post-surgery care, including:
For more information about total shoulder replacement surgery, please call (541) 743-4102.
Partial Shoulder Replacement Surgery