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Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery Questions and Answers

If you need or may need a total shoulder replacement surgery, you can have it done with us here at The Orthopedic Group. We serve the areas of Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Dulles VA, Woodburn VA, Watson VA, Sterling VA, Oak Hill VA, Broadlands VA, Brambleton VA, and Arcola VA. You probably have some questions about the procedure, so call us for more information or keep reading for a Q&A on total shoulder replacement surgery!

Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery Questions and Answers
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery Questions and Answers

Why would I need a total shoulder replacement surgery?

You might need one if you have extensive arthritis in your shoulder joint or if your shoulder is severely fractured. A doctor like an orthopedist might decide a total shoulder replacement surgery is necessary or your best option if other, less conservative treatments haven’t helped you enough with your pain and movement.

The replacement procedure provides the patient with a functional replacement for their shoulder joint, allowing the patient to go about their life and do their daily activities more normally.

What is a total shoulder replacement surgery?

The total shoulder replacement surgery procedure is about replacing an arthritic joint with a plastic socket and a polished metal ball attached to a stem. The components may be either cemented or non-cemented. If the patient’s bone is healthy, the surgeon may use a non-cemented, or press-fit, component, but if the bone is unhealthy, a component may be put in with bone cement. Most of the time, an all-plastic socket component is put in with bone cement. After the procedure, physical therapy is a major component of recovery.

How long is physical therapy after shoulder replacement?

The shoulder replacement procedure itself takes about three hours, and the anesthesia used is typically a general anesthetic. After the procedure, the patient will likely be given a morphine pump to help control their own pain medicine, and after about a day, the patient may be able to switch to oral pain medicine. Antibiotics are given for a day to prevent infection. The arm will be in a brace for a while, but it can be removed for physical therapy which will begin the day after surgery. The patient will likely stay in the clinic for three to five days.

After going home from the clinic, the patient will continue the physical therapy exercises daily to prevent stiffness, and cold therapy should be done to control pain. Stitches are removed one week after the procedure. Physical therapy will continue for several weeks at another facility and at home. The therapy will help ensure a thorough recovery.

How long does it take to recover from a shoulder replacement?

Most of your recovery will be done by around six months after the procedure, but there can be improvement for one to two years. At The Orthopedic Group, we’ll be here the whole while to help with your recovery!

Do you provide total shoulder replacement surgery near me?

The Orthopedic Group provides total shoulder replacement surgery at our locations in Leesburg, Lansdowne, and Stonesprings. Please see our Locations page for the location near you, its address, and its contact information, then call us at the location if you need our services. You can book a consultation with us from that page.

Connect with our clinic today if you need or may need surgery. We’ll tell you more about our team, invite you in for a consultation with us, and then discuss the procedure with you in greater detail. We look forward to speaking with you soon!