Total shoulder replacement involves removing the arthritic humeral head (ball) and replacing it with a metal ball and resurfacing the glenoid (socket) with polyethylene (plastic). The implants are designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that prevents painful bone-on-bone contact.
You may use your wrist, hand, and elbow for daily activities. This includes eating, shaving, dressing, as long as you do not move your operated arm away from your body and it does not increase your pain. Do not use your arm to push up/off the bed or chair for six weeks after your surgery.
While uncommon, complications can occur during and after surgery. Some complications include infection, blood clots, implant breakage, nerve damage, fracture, and premature wear. Although implant surgery is extremely successful in most cases, some patients still experience stiffness and pain.There are many things that your surgeon may do to minimize the potential for complications..
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