You and your doctor may decide to have shoulder replacement surgery if you have a painful shoulder prohibiting you from performing some of the simplest of activities and a more conservative approach to care does not work. This surgery is generally for those who have severe osteoarthritis and loss of function. A TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT can reduce joint pain.

Recent less invasive surgery and procedural and technological advances have revolutionized joint replacement surgery. A Total Shoulder Arthroplasty or Total Shoulder Replacement is a widely-accepted alternative for individuals considering traditional inpatient shoulder replacement surgery. Data shows a higher satisfaction when compared to the same procedure done in an inpatient setting. Reports also go further to state better pain management, quicker rehabilitation, rapid return to activities and less risk of hospital acquired infections. This option may provide significant cost savings to the patient, while receiving the high quality and efficiency of an outpatient surgery center.

 

THE SURGERY: On the day of surgery, the patient will arrive 1 – 1.5 hours ahead of time. The surgical procedure will take 1– 1.5 hours and then will remain in recovery care for another 2.5 – 3.5 hours to be monitored.  In shoulder replacement surgery, surgeons will replace the glenoid bone and usually the shoulder socket with artificial surfaces.

AFTER SURGERY: The patient will then be discharged to one of two options, according to the surgeon and patient agreed plan of care. (1) Home with skilled nursing and home therapy or (2) To a Skilled Nursing Facility where 24/7 Registered Nurses will care for your needs in a private suite. To control pain post operatively and for the first few days following, an advanced, proven pain management protocol referred to as “multi-modal pain control” will assist with adequate pain relief.