Shoulder Replacement Surgery : An Individual 's Family, General Practitioner And Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Making the decision to have a total shoulder replacement should be a topic discussed between the individual considering the surgery as well as the individual’s family, general practitioner and orthopaedic surgeon.
Who Needs to Have Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Initially, the majority of individuals with arthritis in their shoulder will be prescribed conventional treatments, such as mild analgesics and physical therapy. However, if these conventional treatments fail and an individual’s quality of life is negatively affected, he or she may want to consider shoulder replacement surgery.

Individuals who benefit from shoulder replacement surgery frequently have:

Weakness and/or decreased range of motion in the shoulder. Severe pain that affects the individual’s ability to perform everyday activities. These activities may include toileting, dressing, reaching and showering/bathing. Moderate/Severe pain when resting (may prevent an individual’s ability to sleep). In addition, individuals who have tried other conventional treatments, but are still in pain. These conventional treatments may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and/or cortisone injections.

An individual who has fractures within his or her shoulder should also consider total shoulder replacement surgery.
What is a Total Shoulder Replacement?

Typically, during a total shoulder replacement surgery the patient’s arthritic joint surfaces are replaced with a plastic socket…

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