At the hospital, your temperature, pulse, breathing, and blood pressure will be checked.
An IV (intravenous) line may be started to provide fluids and medications needed during shoulder surgery.
The surgical procedure.
When your surgeon and the rest of the surgical team are ready, you’ll be taken to the operating room. There you’ll be given anesthesia to help you sleep through shoulder surgery. Your surgeon may replace just the ball (partial replacement) or both the ball and the socket (total replacement). An incision about six inches long is made from your collarbone to your arm. Once the new joint is in place, your doctor closes the incision with surgical staples or sutures (stitches).
After your surgery.
After your shoulder replacement surgery, you’ll be sent to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit). When you are fully awake, you’ll be moved to your room. The nurses will give you medications to ease your pain. Soon, our skilled Joint University orthopedic team will help you get up and moving. They know precisely what they’re doing and how to help you recover, heal, and get back to life in the fastest, safest way possible. You may also have physical therapy or occupational therapy after your shoulder surgery. This will be coordinated by your Joint University team.
You may need to wear an arm sling for 2 to 4 weeks, based on the advice of your Orthopedic surgeon.
Risks and complications.
As with any surgery, shoulder replacement surgery carries possible risks and complications. These include the following:
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Dislocation of the joint or loosening of the prosthesis
- Wearing out the prosthetic
- Damage to nearby blood vessels, bones, or nerves