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Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Koramangala, Bangalore

Sometimes, due to unexplained natural causes or injury, your shoulders may hurt or get locked, affecting your daily life. If left untreated, the situation could get worse. Shoulder arthritis can be tremendously painful. A shoulder replacement surgery can ease the discomfort and pain significantly, and you can carry on with your normal routine activities without much hassle.

You can seek treatment at any of the orthopedic hospitals in Bangalore. Or you can search online for an orthopedic surgeon near me.

What do we need to know about shoulder replacement surgery?

Total shoulder replacement surgery or total shoulder arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to treat shoulder arthritis. The surgery aims to reduce your pain and help in restoring movement of your arms, shoulders, thorax, etc., without any hindrance or discomfort.

In a total shoulder replacement surgery, all the damaged parts of your shoulder are surgically removed and replaced with artificial implants. The implants adjust within the body in no time and help in doing away with any stiffness and pain due to your shoulder arthritis.

What causes shoulder arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis can be a result of several factors. These include:

  • Osteoarthritis or OA
    OA occurs when there is physical damage and wear and tear in the cartilages surrounding your shoulder bones.
  • Inflammatory arthritis or IA
    IA is an unexplainable inflammation of the shoulder cartilages and tissues set off due to autoimmune disorders in the body.

When should you see a doctor?

Check with a doctor:

  • When you realize that your basic mobility is totally restricted and the pain is increasing rather than getting better 
  • When you experience a grinding sensation during movement, which could indicate that the bones have started touching and rubbing against each other
  • If you have recently suffered from an impact or injury on your shoulders and the pain keeps increasing. 

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the risks?

These include:

  • Infection
    Since the surgery involves replacing damaged cartilage with artificial implants, the body may try and fight the foreign body before accepting it. This could lead to minor or severe infections in the body. While the minor ones can go away with medication, the more severe ones might need another surgery for treatment.
  • Dislocation
    The implant may dislocate from its place, and corrective surgery may be inevitable to put it back.
  • Prosthesis issues
    The artificial implants may get worn out requiring another surgery.
  • Nerve damage
    The surrounding nerves may get damaged during the surgery.


Total shoulder replacement can be a life-changing treatment for most individuals. Adults approaching the age of 50 and above are at a high risk of suffering from arthritis and dislocations, causing them immense pain and stiffness. A partial or total shoulder replacement has a good success rate.

What is shoulder arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis is a degenerative disease wherein the cartilage and tissues in and around your shoulder start disintegrating faster than they can recover. The cartilages and tissues act as protective layers between the bones in your shoulders. When they start disintegrating, the bones start coming in contact with each other, especially during rotation and movement of your shoulders. The friction between the bones further escalates the disintegration of the bones, which can become extremely painful and troublesome.

How is shoulder arthritis diagnosed?

Your doctor will recommend some tests to determine the exact cause of pain and discomfort before deciding on surgery. To diagnose the presence and extent of shoulder arthritis, you need to get a:

  • CT Scan to evaluate your bone integrity
  • Series of standard X-rays
  • MRI or magnetic resonance imaging to check the condition of the surrounding soft tissues
  • EMG test if the doctor suspects nerve damage

How long does it take to recover?

The doctor may discharge you on the same day or the next day. However, the recovery period is crucial, and you must allow your body to adapt and accept the implants and fully recover from the surgery. You can start using your arms and shoulders for waist-level activities from Day One or Two of the surgery. For more intensive activities involving rotation and shoulder movement, wait for at least a week or two before you can start.


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