Knowing what to expect and making preparations beforehand can help your shoulder surgery recovery proceed smoothly.
After total shoulder replacement surgery, you are required to wear a sling for up to four weeks. You will likely be able to come out of the sling during physical therapy after two weeks. Most patients return to normal mobility after a month. However, many overlook the lifestyle changes they should make before entering the operation room. You need to make certain safety modifications to your home and routine to prepare for your recovery and rehabilitation.
Total shoulder replacement surgery involves removing the damaged ball and socket joint and replacing it with a metal ball and plastic socket. This helps reduce pain and restore range of motion.
One of the most common reasons to have total shoulder replacement surgery is to ease the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. This condition, which usually occurs in people over 50, can severely limit your activities and even prevent you from getting restful sleep each night. If non-surgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, have not been effective at reducing your osteoarthritis pain, your doctor might recommend total shoulder replacement surgery and refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation. This might include taking X-rays and other imaging scans in order to see how much damage has been done to your shoulder joint.