Arthritis, Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Shoulder replacement surgery is one of the common procedures performed in Orthopedics. Many people undergo shoulder replacement surgery every year due to several shoulder problems. The procedure is effective at treating pain and helps regain strength and mobility. It also helps improve the quality of life of the patients. 

Unfortunately, many people suffer severe shoulder pain, and discomfort for several years before undergoing surgery. But there are surgical options available to treat shoulder pain. If you have been suffering from severe shoulder pain, consider visiting your doctor to know if you need surgery or if other treatments can help you.

When Is It Time to Consider Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

The shoulder contains a ball and a socket joint. It also contains three bones namely the shoulder bone, the collar bone, and the upper arm bone. Articular cartilage acts as a buffer for these bones and lets the free movement of the joint. If the shoulder joint is overused, or if it is inflamed, you may develop shoulder arthritis. Arthritis is one of the main reasons for considering shoulder replacement surgery. Shoulder replacement surgery is considered when other treatment methods such as medications, physical therapy etc. do not relieve pain, and discomfort in the joint. This surgery is also helpful for people who have severe osteoarthritis.

Along with this, shoulder replacement surgery is also considered in the following cases:

  • Tear of rotator cuffs
  • Acute shoulder injury
  • Shoulder fracture

Common Signs That Indicate the Need for a Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The following signs might indicate the need for shoulder replacement surgery:

  • Stiff and painful shoulder
  • Limited motion of the shoulder joint
  • Weakness in the shoulder
  • Sleep interruption
  • Pain even after the use of medications
  • Pain that exists even while resting
  • Difficulty in dressing up without other’s help

Are There Any Types of Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Shoulder replacement is your right option if other treatment methods have failed. The procedure involves removing the damaged tissues and bone surfaces. Those components will be replaced with prosthetic components to help you move naturally. The doctor determines the type of surgery you need based on your age, health condition, the severity of pain, the bone affected, etc. The different surgical options include:

  • Hemiarthroplasty: It is also known as partial shoulder replacement. The procedure involves replacing the ball of the joint with a ceramic implant in the upper bone of the arm.
  • Total replacement surgery: Total shoulder replacement involves replacing the ball and socket of the joint.
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement: It is performed on people who have weak or chronic rotator cuff tears. It is similar to total shoulder replacement surgery but only the components of the implants are reversed.

What Can I Expect from Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

After the procedure, you will be given medications to deal with the pain and discomfort. The doctor suggests wearing a sling to support the joint for about two weeks. Using a sling also reduces the risk of injury. You should also restrain yourself from putting excess pressure on the repaired shoulder for a few weeks. You need to practise light physiotherapy exercises to regain strength and mobility. The therapist also develops a personalized rehabilitation plan for you which you can practice at home.

You can notice an improvement in the functioning of your shoulder after three months of surgery. You can regain the complete strength of your shoulder within a year of surgery.

Suffering from Severe Shoulder Pain? Meet Dr Ajay Tiwari for an Effective Treatment

If you are suffering from severe shoulder pain, Dr Ajay Tiwari can help you. Dr Ajay Tiwari is one of the best orthopedic and joint replacement surgeons in Hyderabad with over 15 years of experience. He continuously updates his knowledge in his field to provide the best quality services to patients. He is always ready to meet your orthopedic needs. To know about shoulder pain treatment, call us to schedule your appointment.


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