Shoulder problems can arise from either chronic wear or sudden injury. Weekend athletes and do-it-yourselfers can also be affected by the routine motions required to golf, play tennis, swim, lift weights or work on common construction projects. The most common causes of shoulder pain include tendonitis, bursitis and an inflamed rotator cuff, which can be extremely painful and life altering if left untreated.
A shoulder replacement can improve strength, increase range of motion and reduce pain. Grand View offers traditional shoulder replacements, as well as reverse shoulder replacements. These surgical procedures replace the worn out surfaces of the shoulder with metal and plastic components.
Your procedure will be performed at The Joint Center at Grand View Health—a unit that’s dedicated to just joint replacement patients. Our respected team of highly trained board-certified orthopaedic surgeons from Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health work with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians who will help you get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible.
Our state-of-the-art technology means a quicker recovery, increased mobility and excellent outcomes for our patients. And with improvements in surgical techniques, pain management and pre- and post-op care, it’s now common for most patients to go home from the hospital after just one or two days.
Shoulder replacement involves resurfacing the areas of the bones that meet in the shoulder joint. The ball-shaped end of the upper arm or humerus is replaced with a metal component, while the socket-shaped glenoid cavity of the shoulder blade is relined with special plastic.
Shoulder surgery may be recommended for some shoulder problems including arthritis, shoulder instability, or a torn rotator cuff. Thanks to recent advances in techniques and technology, many shoulder surgeries can be done arthroscopically. Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to see and work inside the joint through a few small incisions, and is most often an outpatient procedure. Problems that can be treated with shoulder arthroscopy include rotator cuff tears, impingement problems and torn cartilage.
There are many kinds of shoulder implant designs available today, and no one design or type is best for every patient. Surgeons select the implant they believe is best for their patient’s needs based on a number of factors including age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and his or her comfort with the instruments associated with the particular implant.
With improvements in surgical techniques and post-op care, it is now common for most patients to be able to go home from the hospital after just one or two days. Of course, each patient is different, but the goal should be for you to recover in the comfort and privacy of your own home as soon as possible.
Most people will be in the hospital one or two days, though some patients, particularly those who live alone, may need to spend a few days at a rehabilitation center or nursing home. Recovery can vary from person to person, but most people will remain in a splint for about two weeks. Driving may be possible within four weeks, and normal daily activities can be resumed in 10 to 12 weeks. Some activities such as contact sports and weight lifting are not recommended after a shoulder replacement.
With any surgery there are risks and possible complications, such as blood clots or infection. These risks should be fully discussed with your doctor.
Your surgeon and healthcare team will take great care to minimize the risk of these and other complications. Keep in mind that complications are relatively rare, but they need to be understood by you and your family.
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, but we will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible. Pain after shoulder surgery varies from person to person, and is not entirely predictable, but modern medications and improved anesthetic techniques greatly enhance our ability to control pain and discomfort after surgery.