Shoulder Replacement Surgery
A shoulder replacement surgery can really improve quality of life and your overall mobility. A part of your body that is often moved around, your shoulder is responsible for most of your upper body motion. During a shoulder replacement surgery, part or your entire shoulder will be replaced with an artificial joint. Dr. Ian Brimhall will insert a prosthesis into the stressed parts of your shoulder with plastic or metal parts. These new parts are skillfully integrated during shoulder surgery.
Before Shoulder Replacement Surgery
The morning of your scheduled surgery, you should arrive early at the hospital. Once there, your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure will be checked before the procedure. An IV (intravenous) line will provide necessary fluids to improve the effectiveness of the surgery and reduce your discomfort. These are additional instructions to follow:
- Stop eating or drinking 10 hours before surgery
- Speak to your provider before taking medications
- Attempt to sleep well to calm nerves
- Have someone to drive you home
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Once the orthopedic surgeon and the surgical team are ready for you, we will bring you to the operating room. To help you sleep and feel more comfortable during shoulder surgery, anesthesia will be administered. For the shoulder replacement, the surgeon may do a partial replacement (just the ball) or a total replacement (the ball and the socket). To fix this, an incision about six inches long is made from your collarbone to your arm. When the new joint is in place, your doctor closes the incision with special surgical glue.
After The Surgery
After your shoulder replacement surgery, you will be sent to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit). There you will rest and wake up from your surgery, and be moved to your room. The nurses will give you medications to ease your pain. An SCD (Sequential Compression Device) may be used to prevent blood clots, and gently squeezing then releasing your legs.
Shoulder Surgery Recovery
When it is safe, our orthopedic team wants to get you up and moving. They know how to help you recover, heal, and get back to life in the best way possible. You may also have physical therapy or occupational therapy after your shoulder surgery. Wearing an arm sling for 2 to 4 weeks after surgery may be advised by your surgeon.
Risks and complications
Shoulder replacement surgery carries possible risks and complications. These include the following:
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Dislocation of the joint
- Loosening of the prosthesis
- Wearing out the prosthetic
- Damage to nearby blood vessels, bones, or nerves
When to call your Orthopedic Surgeon
Once at home, call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Pain not relieved by your pain medicine
- Unusual redness, heat, or drainage at the incision site
- Fever over 101.0°F (38.3°C)