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.

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.

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.