The Anatomy of The Shoulder

The ball-and-socket joint is made of three bones and various layers of connective tissue and muscles. The humerus, or upper arm bone, scapula, or shoulder blade, and clavicle, or collarbone, all come together to allow your arms to move.

The socket where the humerus meets these other bones is called the glenoid and is surrounded by soft, fibrous tissue to cushion the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff, a network of muscles and tendons surrounding this tissue, allows the shoulder to move but limits its range of motion to prevent injury.

If you’re experiencing joint pain in your shoulder joint, talk to a surgeon right away to ensure the injury you’re experiencing doesn’t get worse. Total shoulder joint replacement surgery isn’t always necessary to solve issues like shoulder arthritis or other issues that can cause severe pain, but it is a highly effective way to get a pain-free life back.

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My shoulder replacement is fantastic. Played tennis after 10 weeks. Dr. Goldberg is calming and professional. – C.D.

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My experience with Dr. Goldberg has been wonderful. I felt totally informed of my problem and what would correct it. He did a great job on my shoulder replacement/reversal and today it feels excellent. The follow up with Dr. Goldberg and his staff has also been wonderful. I would have no hesitancy suggesting him to anyone with similar problems. – L.C.

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Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteonecrosis can break down shoulder cartilage causing pain, stiffness, and discomfort. When traditional surgery has failed to adequately improve the pain, consider a total shoulder replacement.

A total shoulder replacement surgery is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged shoulder joint with a new artificial one. It allows patients to enjoy painless motion and resume normal function. Several different types of shoulder replacement devices are used for various conditions.

Recently, Dr. Goldberg has been involved in the development of a more efficient, less invasive type of FDA-approved shoulder replacement implant called Catalyst CSR Total Shoulder Replacement.

He has dedicated his career to providing the most innovative treatment options and exceptional clinical outcomes for his patients. If you or a loved one are experiencing severe shoulder pain and limited mobility, Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you.

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Recovery from Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Performed under general anesthesia, shoulder replacement surgery often requires a short hospital stay. In certain cases, the patient may be able to go home the same day. The arm will be immobilized in a sling for up to six weeks.

During recovery, simple activities such as showering, eating, writing, and typing should be possible. Some shoulder pain is expected a few weeks after surgery, but your doctor will prescribe some form of pain medication to relieve the pain.

Most patients can expect to experience improved mobility in the shoulder a few months after the procedure.

Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility after shoulder surgery. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends patients perform specific exercises the first day after surgery. Physical therapy will begin within a week of the operation. Implementing a rehab protocol enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Naples, FL

Don’t wait another day! Relieve your pain and get back your full shoulder movement. Dr. Steven Goldberg can walk you through the surgical process and ensure you have the best results possible. Schedule an appointment today with one of the busiest shoulder specialists in Southwest Florida!

When can I drive after a Total Shoulder replacement?

We recommend that while in a sling driving can begin again around four weeks.

Will I need to sleep in a chair post Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Many patients feel more comfortable sleeping upright in a recliner type chair or couch however you may sleep wherever you are most comfortable.

How long will it take to recover and return to sports after Shoulder Replacement surgery?

Typically patients can return to function and non strenuous activities around six to eight weeks post surgery and return to sports activities about three months post surgery.

Will I have to stay in the hospital after my Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Some patients do spend one night in the hospital post-surgery. However, frequently some patients are able to go home the same day depending on their health status.

Are there permanent restrictions after shoulder replacement surgery?

It is recommended to avoid high-impact sports such as boxing or football or extreme weight lifting. Otherwise, most reasonable activities should be allowed.

What is the typical age for a shoulder replacement?

The average age is between 65 and 80 years but patients older or younger may be candidates, depending on their situation.

Can you wait too long for shoulder replacement surgery?

In some cases, the patient’s overall medical status becomes too frail for them to safely undergo surgery and anesthesia. Your doctor can help determine this.

Are there any specific restrictions or lifestyle changes I need to consider after the surgery?

Hopefully, you will be able to get back to nearly all the activities you normally do. During the recovery process, there will be restrictions and long-term, sometimes moderation is encouraged.

What are the expected outcomes in terms of pain relief, range of motion, and overall functionality following a total shoulder replacement?

Most people with an anatomic shoulder replacement have excellent pain relief and a high return to function, including sports and most hobbies.

What kind of follow-up care and monitoring will be necessary after the surgery?

The majority of the recovery process happens in the first three months after surgery. After which, each doctor handles this differently. For instance, our office regularly sees shoulder replacement patients annually for the first five years.