Shoulder Replacement

 

SYMPTOMS

 

 

 

CLINICAL EXAMINATION

 

 

 

INVESTIGATIONS

 

Plain x-rays to confirm arthritis in the shoulder.

 

 

NON-OPERATIVE TREATMENT

 

 

 

 

OPERATIVE TREATMENT

 

 A Shoulder Replacement is carried out for arthritis of the ball and socket joint of the shoulder.

The surgery is done under General Anaesthetic often with a local anaesthetic block to the nerves that supply the pain to the shoulder. The Anaesthetic Block is done by the Anaesthetist under Ultrasound Guidance. This is a very good way of helping your pain in the post-operative period.

 

The operation usually takes 1½ hours to perform and the average stage in hospital is 2-3 days.

 

The physiotherapists will see you on the ward and start you with a gentle exercise programme to get the shoulder moving.

 

The main indication for a shoulder replacement is for pain relief but often we find that this will improve function because the shoulder is no longer painful.

 

In the shoulder replacement we either just replace the ball or the socket joint or more commonly replace the ball and the socket.

 

 

 POST-OPERATIVE TREATMENT

 

 

 

RETURN TO WORK & DRIVING

 

 Averae return to driving is about 6 weeks. You will be reviewed at 3 weeks and 3 months following your surgery. On average people report an 85% return to functional activity. It can take up to 1 year to feel the full benefit.

 

 

POST-OPERATIVE FOLLOW UP CONSULTATIONS

 

 

 

COMPLICATIONS FOLLOWING TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT

The main complications behind shoulder replacement surgery is infection which carried less than a 1/200 chance. 

A shoulder replacement can also wear out.

A shoulder replacement can dislocate and the implant can get loose.

 

We will follow you up a 3 weeks, 3 months, 1 year and 2 year to make sure there are no problems.  This will include taking an x-ray.

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