If you’re suffering from shoulder pain and limited mobility that doesn't respond to nonsurgical treatments, then it’s time to discuss a shoulder replacement. At Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, the highly skilled team of specialists uses cutting-edge shoulder replacement techniques to relieve your discomfort. Call Andrew Dold, MD, and Paul Ghattas, DO, today if you live in or near Coppell or Frisco, Texas, and are ready to say goodbye to shoulder pain. You can also book an appointment online with the easy-to-use scheduling tool.
Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint; the ball being the upper part of the arm bone, and the socket as the shallow, cup-like part of the shoulder blade. The ball is held in place by tendons and ligaments.
In a total shoulder replacement surgery, your doctor removes the damaged ball and replaces it with a highly polished metal ball. Additionally, the socket is replaced by a plastic piece cemented to the shoulder blade.
Depending on the condition of your shoulder joint, your doctor at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine may only replace the ball, or just put a cap over the ball to preserve the bone. He may also switch the position of the socket and the metal ball, which is a reverse total shoulder replacement.
Your doctor at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine advises shoulder replacement surgery when conservative options, like medications and joint injections, fail to relieve the pain. Other conditions for which your doctor may recommend the operation are:
After you decide to have a shoulder replacement surgery, your doctor at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine advises you to undergo a complete physical exam with lab tests and imaging. You need to stop taking certain medications, like blood thinners, arthritis, and pain medications, two weeks before the surgery.
Reaching upper shelves and cupboards for a few weeks will be a difficult task. You will need at-home help to assist you with daily activities, and if that’s not possible, you may have to stay in a rehabilitation facility for the initial recovery process.
After the surgery, you are required to be in the hospital for a couple of days. Your doctor prescribes you the necessary medications, and your arm is put in a sling to support and protect the shoulder joint.
Regular at-home exercises help you slowly regain your strength and range of motion. Don't use the arm to push yourself up or lift heavy objects for the first few weeks. Avoid playing any contact sport or putting your arm in extreme positions during this time.
If you’re looking to relieve your shoulder pain and resume everyday activities, call or click to schedule a consultation today.