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Q: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE ARTHRITIS OF THE SHOULDER?

A: Common symptoms of shoulder arthritis include:

  • Pain with activities
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness of the shoulder
  • Swelling of the joint
  • Tenderness around the joint
  • A feeling of grinding or catching within the joint

Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM READY FOR SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

A: Patients who have tried the usual treatments for shoulder arthritis, but have not been able to find adequate relief, may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. Patients considering the procedure should understand the potential risks of surgery, and understand that the goal of joint replacement is to alleviate pain. Patients generally find improved motion after surgery, but these improvements are not as consistent as the pain relief following shoulder replacement surgery.

Q: WHO SHOULD CONSIDER SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

A: Joint replacement surgery is considered when:

  • The arthritis is a major problem for the patient
  • The patient is sufficiently healthy to undergo the procedure
  • The patient understands and accepts the risks and alternatives
  • There is sufficient bone and tendons to permit the surgery
  • The surgeon is experienced in shoulder replacement surgery

Q: HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY FOLLOWING SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

A: Hospital stays vary from two to three days for most patients. You will be sent home wearing a sling and you should not attempt to use the arm except as specifically instructed by your doctor.

You may begin some motion immediately following surgery, but this may not be true in every case. Usually within two to three months, patients are able to return to most normal activities and place an emphasis on strengthening the muscles around the shoulder and maintaining range of motion.

Q: WHEN CAN I RETURN TO ORDINARY DAILY ACTIVITIES?

A: In general, patients are able to perform gentle activities of daily living using the operated arm from two to six weeks after surgery. Walking is strongly encouraged. Driving should wait until the patient can perform the necessary functions comfortably and confidently. Recovery of driving ability may take six weeks if the surgery has been performed on the right shoulder, because of the increased demands on the right shoulder for shifting gears.

With the consent of their surgeon, patients can often return to activities such as swimming, golf and tennis at six months after their surgery.

Q: WHAT ARE THE REHABILITATION OPTIONS AND CAN REHAB BE DONE AT HOME?

A: It is often most effective for the patient to carry out their own exercises so that they are done frequently, comfortably and effectively. Usually patients do these exercises at home and occasional visits to a physiotherapist or surgeon to instruct the patient in the exercise program and advance it at a rate that is comfortable for the patient. For the first six weeks, emphasis is on increasing the flexibility and range of motion of shoulder through gentle stretching exercises.

After 6 weeks stretching exercises are continued and strengthening exercises are added.

Q: WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY BENEFITS OF JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

A: Improved movement and use of a joint. Surgery can replace or stabilize the joint, allowing you to stand and walk more easily.

  • Pain relief.Surgery can relieve pain that doesn’t respond to other treatment options.
  • Improved alignment of deformed joints. Re-aligning the joints can improve the functioning of those joints, and create cosmetic improvements.

Q: WILL THERE BE A LOT OF PAIN AFTER THE SURGERY?

A: While the new, minimally invasive procedures available through our Joint Replacement Center require a smaller incision and less recovery time, some pain will accompany it as it does with any surgical procedure. Anesthesiologists and pain management specialists, also part of the Joint Replacement Center team, work with each patient to control pain. Many factors, including your tolerance for pain, physical condition and level of activity prior to your surgery will impact the level of pain you may experience.

Q: HOW LONG DOES AN ARTIFICIAL JOINT LAST?

A: It’s impossible to predict how long a new joint will last, since factors such as age, weight, activity level and bone strength determine the final outcome. If your new joint loosens over time, it may be necessary to repeat the surgery. It’s likely that your new joint will bring you years of pain-free activity. With the new materials and components, most people have a 90 percent or greater success rate at 20 years after surgery.

Q: WHAT ARE OUTCOMES LIKE FOR THESE PROCEDURES?

A: If you look in the literature, generally around 95 percent of people do very well with hip or knee replacements. These are some of the more reliable procedures we do. Still, I like to try the conservative things first because there can be significant complications.

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