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, which is surrounded by soft, fibrous tissue to cushion and protect the 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, it’s important to talk to an orthopedic surgeon right away to ensure whatever injury or condition you’re experiencing doesn’t get worse. A total joint replacement surgery isn’t always necessary to solve issues like shoulder arthritis or other things 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 conservative treatment methods have failed to adequately improve the pain, a total shoulder replacement may be considered.
A total shoulder replacement surgery is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged joint with a new artificial one, allowing patients to enjoy painless motion and resume normal function. There are several different types of shoulder replacement devices 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 and his team can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you.
Recovery from Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacement surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and patients often require 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 pain, discomfort, and limited mobility should be expected for a few weeks after surgery. Patients can expect to experience improved mobility and maneuverability in the shoulder a few months after the procedure.
Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends a rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Implementing a rehab protocol enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Naples, FL
Don’t wait out your pain and find the relief you deserve with a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Steven Goldberg. Experience is important, so 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.