The decision to proceed with a shoulder replacement is not an easy one. It is an operation and the experience can be frightening and can create anxiety. However, for those with painful arthritis, a shoulder replacement can significantly improve the quality of life.
Shoulder replacements last for many years: about 90-95% of total hip replacements last 10 to 15 years. The operation takes about 2 hours to complete and involves an overnight stay in the hospital with most people going home the morning after the operation. Recovery takes about 18 weeks and occurs in phases. The first 6 weeks is spent with passive and gentle active-assisted exercises; the second 6 weeks is spent on active motion; and the final 6 weeks is focused on regaining strength. People can return to work when their pain allows and if their job allows them to return.
There are risks involved with the operation and this is something you should discuss in detail with your surgeon so you can make an informed decision.
It is important to select an experienced surgeon when you decide to have this operation. Dr Akhtar has evaluated thousands of patients and has performed many shoulder replacement surgeries. He performs:
- Total shoulder replacement
- Partial shoulder replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement
- Shoulder fracture surgery
Here are some links from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about Shoulder Arthritis and Shoulder Replacement: