(Replacement, Total Shoulder; Shoulder Joint Replacement; Replacement, Shoulder Joint; Total Shoulder Joint Replacement; Replacement, Total Shoulder Joint)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Chronic shoulder pain and stiffness
- Shoulder instability
- Nerve damage
- Loose shoulder joint
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Anti-arthritis medications
- General anesthesia—you will be asleep through the surgery
- Regional anesthesia—used to block pain in the upper body, but you will not be asleep
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Pain medications
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
- Medication to prevent blood clots
- X-rays to evaluate the new shoulder joint
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Follow your doctor’s instructions for cleaning the incision site and wearing the arm sling.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to drive.
- Be sure to follow all your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Shoulder stiffness, pain, or instability
- Problems at the incision site, such as bleeding or drainage
- Signs of an infections such as fevers, chills, redness, or warmth
- Numbness or tingling in your shoulder, arm, or fingers
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Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/24/2014 -
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