Shoulder Replacement Surgery and Complete Treatment in Bharatpur

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What is Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the glenohumeral joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Such joint replacement surgery generally is conducted to relieve arthritis pain or fix the severe physical joint damage.


Causes of Shoulder Replacement

The Following conditions can cause the necessity for a shoulder replacement surgery :


  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Severe Fractures


Symptoms of Shoulder Replacement

A deep ache is the primary symptom of shoulder arthritis. In the early stages of arthritis, your shoulder pain may get worse with movement or activity.  As time goes on, your shoulder pain may become continuous, even when you are resting. It may be severe enough to keep you awake at night and interrupts the ability to do everyday tasks such as putting on a belt or carrying groceries. Inflammation can cause your shoulder joint to also feel swollen and stiff.


Arthritis can make your joints feel weak or unstable.  Your shoulder may feel like it “grinds” or “catches” when you raise your arm.  You may have difficulty moving your arm. This can make it challenging to complete common activities, such as putting on your shirt or washing your hair.


Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder Arthroplasty is recommended when non-surgical treatments have provided minimal or no improvement of your symptoms.  The goal of Shoulder Arthroplasty is to relieve pain and restore shoulder mobility. The surgery is performed as an inpatient procedure, and you may expect to stay in the hospital a day or two following your surgery.  You will either require general anesthesia or a regional nerve block for the procedure. There are a few different types of shoulder replacement surgeries.


Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery is recommended for people with bone-on-bone Osteoarthritis and intact rotator cuff tendons.  This is the most common type of shoulder replacement surgery. Your surgeon will make an incision, approximately six inches long, on the front of your shoulder joint.  Your surgeon will replace the damaged head of the humerus with a highly polished metal ball. The metal ball may be surgically implanted in the humerus or attached with surgical cement, depending on the condition of the bone.  The glenoid is replaced with a plastic socket.


In some cases, the surgeon may only replace the head of the humerus in a procedure called a Hemiarthroplasty.  This procedure is used if the glenoid cartilage is in good condition.

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