Our shoulders take a lot of strain over time, and we can become prone to arthritic conditions or cartilage damage. When shoulder pain is affecting your everyday life, it’s time to seek help from a Consultant and discuss your best options for treatment.
Helping you regain function in your shoulder
Usually, shoulder pain comes from the bones rubbing together as the cartilage wears away over time, or from arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A total shoulder replacement is generally recommended after you have received other treatments over a long period of time, such as physiotherapy and pain medication.
The first step is to have an initial consultation with a Consultant who will discuss your options for shoulder replacement surgery or other possible treatments. Your Consultant will ask you about your lifestyle and medical history to determine possible causes of your pain, and you may be referred to our diagnostic imaging services to assist a diagnosis.
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What does a shoulder replacement involve?
Your Consultant will make an incision along the front of your shoulder to remove the damaged ball and examine the remaining socket. Depending on the extent of arthritic damage, the socket may or may not need to be replaced.
The damaged ball is usually replaced by a metal component and the socket by a plastic one. The replacement ball is fixed to the top of the humerus using a special coating and the socket is fixed with acrylic cement bonding directly with the bones. Your Consultant will then close the incision with stitches or clips.
An Anaesthetist will discuss the best anaesthetic for you and you will receive local anaesthetic to the shoulder area after the procedure to assist with pain relief. You will generally also be given regular anti-inflammatory painkillers throughout your stay.
How long will I stay in hospital?
You will usually be in hospital for one night, depending on the progress you make following your procedure. Your Consultant will discuss this with you prior to your procedure and you will also work with the physiotherapy team to work on moving your arm, whilst regaining your confidence.
How long does it take to recover after shoulder surgery and will I be in pain?
Recovery time will vary for each individual, depending on the progress made. Your shoulder will be very stiff to begin with and you will need to use a sling for four-six weeks to support your arm; your Physiotherapist will be able to advise on any exercises to help support your mobility.
What is the best preparation for aiding recovery?
It’s important that you allow yourself enough time to heal properly and complete your physiotherapy programme following surgery, but it’s always best to be well informed about your procedure ahead of going in.
When you are ready to go home, you will need to arrange for someone to collect you and settle you back home. You will be given painkillers and a number to call in case of any concerns. It is recommended you leave your bandage in place for two to three days and try not to let your wound get wet for five days; we will provide you with a waterproof dressing.
Shoulder replacements can last for up to 15 years, but it is usually recommended that you have a shoulder x-ray every five years.
When can I drive again?
Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you are mobile and feel completely confident to do so. You should check with your insurance company before driving as insurance policies are all slightly different. Most patients can drive again six-eight weeks after your procedure.
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