Arthritis can make it difficult and painful to perform even the simplest daily tasks. If nonsurgical treatment options are not improving your condition, you may be a good candidate for total shoulder replacement. Total shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces your arthritic shoulder joint with artificial parts—specifically, a metal ball and plastic socket. The procedure is very effective at relieving pain and improving function.
Often, you can experience shoulder arthritis along with damage to the rotator cuff, which is the group of muscles that hold your shoulder in place and allow you to move your arm in different directions. If you suffer from both conditions at the same time, a reverse total shoulder replacement may be a better treatment option. Learn more.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery – MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach
If you are seeking permanent relief from advanced arthritis, you need experienced surgeons to guide you from start to finish. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers you a team of leading orthopedic shoulder replacement specialists who specialize in total shoulder replacement surgery. Our surgeons all have fellowship training in surgery and are completely dedicated to performing shoulder procedures. We perform many of these procedures every year. Our expertise allows us to develop new shoulder surgery techniques, and we often teach surgeons from hospitals nationwide how to perform complicated procedures. You can feel confident that under our care, your surgery will be productive and successful.
Also critical to a successful outcome is making sure you feel comfortable with your treatment plan. Before your procedure, we make sure that you understand your surgery and rehabilitation process. We take time with you and your family to answer all of your questions and address any concerns. We work with you to develop a rehabilitation program that will help promote a swift and complete recovery after surgery.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery Recovery
Recovery from total shoulder replacement surgery takes time and patience. Generally, you will need to wear a sling for about six weeks to protect your arm and shoulder. You will also need to do physical therapy for about three to four months following surgery to regain strength and range of motion in your shoulder. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the specific details of your rehabilitation plan with you before your procedure.
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- Learn more about shoulder replacement from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.