You love a brisk workout. But your morning swim, aerobic or weightlifting routine has ground to a halt due to pain in your left shoulder.
Shoulder pain can be common. The discomfort is annoying. The reduction in your range of motion is even worse. Once it stops you from doing what you love, whether it’s golfing, playing tennis, gardening or tackling household projects, it’s wise to speak with a doctor. Tendonitis, bursitis or an inflamed rotator cuff may all be causes of your pain.
If your pain won’t go away no matter what you try, shoulder surgery may be an option. The board-certified orthopaedic specialists at Grand View Health specialize in helping patients make triumphant comebacks. We take a big look at the smaller things to deliver highly personalized care at every step of your journey. We’ll walk you through all your options, listen to your concerns, answer your questions and help you decide which type of shoulder surgery is appropriate.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about shoulder surgery to help guide you:
You may be a candidate for arthroscopic shoulder surgery if your pain is caused by a rotator cuff tear, an impingement problem (soft tissue problems that reduce your range of motion) or torn cartilage. Other types of shoulder surgery may be recommended if your shoulder pain is caused by arthritis or shoulder instability.
Advances in technology mean many shoulder surgeries can be performed arthroscopically, which allows the surgeon to see and work inside the joint through a few small cuts. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is often an outpatient procedure.
It’s a surgery where the bones that meet in the shoulder joints are resurfaced. The surgeon replaces the ball-shaped end of the upper arm bone (humerus) with a metal component, and then relines the socket-shaped glenoid cavity of the shoulder blade with special plastic.
No one design fits every patient. A surgeon will choose the implant that’s best for you based on your age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and the surgeon’s comfort with that implant.
We perform both traditional shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder replacements. These surgical procedures replace the worn-out surfaces of your shoulder with metal and plastic components.
The Joint Center at Grand View Health is dedicated to joint replacement patients. Our local, experienced, board-certified surgeons from Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health will work with specially trained nurses, physical therapists and technicians who will help you get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible.
Most patients will be able to go home from the hospital after just one or two days. Our goal is to help you recover in the comfort of your own home as soon as possible. However, every patient is different, and some patients (especially those who live alone) may need to spend a few days at a rehabilitation center or nursing home after surgery.
Most people will remain in a splint for about two weeks after surgery. You may be able to drive within four weeks, and you may get back to normal daily activities in 10 or 12 weeks.
Complications from total shoulder replacement are rare. Possible complications include blood clots or infection. Your care team will work to minimize the risk of these and any other complications.
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, and we will work to keep you as comfortable as possible. Modern medications and new anesthetic techniques help us to help you control your pain.