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Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Sadashiv Peth, Pune

Shoulder replacement surgery is a surgery wherein damaged parts of the shoulder joint are removed and replaced with artificial parts. This procedure is done to improve mobility and relieve pain in the shoulder joint.

What is Shoulder Replacement?

Shoulder replacement is a procedure performed to eliminate pain and dysfunction by removing damaged parts of the shoulder joint and replacing them with artificial parts called prostheses.

Why is Shoulder Replacement Done?

Shoulder replacement surgery is generally recommended to individuals who are suffering from joint pain and dysfunction. Various reasons can cause joint pain, including –

  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis that usually occurs in older people. When the cartilage in shoulder joints wears away, it results in osteoarthritis.
  • Avascular necrosis – In this condition, there is a loss of blood supply to the bone, temporarily or permanently. This leads to damage to the shoulder joint and pain.
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy – This condition is a severe form of arthritis along with a massive tear in the rotator cuff. There is a permanent loss of rotator cuff tendons as well as the normal surface of the shoulder joint, in this condition.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – RA is a condition wherein the body’s immune system starts attacking the joints, mistakenly. This can cause pain and inflammation in the joints.
  • A severe fracture resulting from a fall or trauma – Sometimes, a severe fracture can occur in your shoulder joint, due to a bad fall or an accident.

How is Shoulder Replacement Done in Pune?

In shoulder replacement surgery, the patient is first either given general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. Then, the surgeon makes an incision and starts the surgery. Depending on the type of shoulder replacement procedure, the damaged parts are removed and replaced with a prosthesis.

What are the Types of Shoulder Replacement?

There are various types of shoulder replacement procedures –

  • Partial shoulder replacement – Also known as stemmed hemiarthroplasty, the humeral head of the arm is removed and replaced with a prosthetic ball in this procedure. However, the glenoid bone is kept intact.
  • Total shoulder replacement – Also known as traditional shoulder replacement or arthroplasty, the ball and socket are removed and replaced with prosthetics in this procedure.
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement – In this procedure, the position of the ball and socket of the shoulder joint are reversed. In place of the ball, a socket-shaped prosthetic is fitted and in place of the natural socket, a prosthetic ball is fitted. This surgery is suitable for those individuals who cannot undergo traditional shoulder replacement surgery.
  • Shoulder resurfacing – In this procedure, a smooth rounded cap is fitted in the humeral head so that joint movement can be improved. The humeral head doesn’t need to be removed in this surgery.

What Happens After Shoulder Replacement Procedure?

After shoulder replacement surgery, the patient is taken to the recovery room for a few hours. After this, the patient is then taken to their room in the hospital, where they’ll have to stay for a few days. Patients experience pain during their recovery period, for which their doctor will prescribe medication. Rehabilitation is started usually on the day or the next day of the surgery.

When patients are discharged from the hospital, they’ll have to wear a sling for about 2 to 4 weeks. You won’t have complete arm function for about 1 month after your surgery. You should avoid lifting heavy objects and

activities that require you to push or pull anything.

Most patients can get back to their daily activities within 2 to 6 weeks of their surgery. You may be able to start driving after 6 weeks of your surgery.

What are the Complications Associated with Shoulder Replacement?

The rate of complications after shoulder replacement surgery is 5%. However, there are few complications associated with shoulder replacement surgery, including –

  • Infections
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Fracture
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Replacement components become loose or dislocating

When to See a Doctor at Apollo Spectra, Pune?

You should see a doctor about shoulder replacement if you are experiencing the following symptoms –

  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with day-to-day activities such as getting dressed, taking a shower, or reaching into a cupboard
  • Shoulder weakness and loss of motion in the shoulder
  • No relief despite using anti-inflammatory as well as pain relief medications and physical therapy
  • Persistent pain that disturbs sleep
  • Prior arthroscopic surgery, or a fracture or rotator cuff repair that failed to relieve symptoms

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In most cases, people find relief from pain and inflammation as well as an improved range of mobility, after their shoulder replacement surgery. It is a safe and common procedure for people who are suffering from shoulder joint pain.

1. How long does shoulder replacement last?

Usually, the results of a modern shoulder replacement procedure can last for at least 15 to 20 years.

2. How to prepare for shoulder replacement surgery at Apollo Spectra, Pune?

A few weeks before your surgery, a physical exam might be conducted to determine that you’re ready for the surgery. You will also be asked to stop taking certain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and blood thinners before your surgery, as these can cause too much bleeding. You should also arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery as you won’t be able to drive yourself.


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