Shoulder replacement surgery is a very successful procedure to reduce pain and restore mobility in patients with end-stage shoulder arthritis and, in some cases, after severe shoulder fractures. Shoulder replacement surgery relieves pain and helps restore movement, strength, and function to the shoulder. One year after surgery, 95% of patients have pain-free movements that allows them to train their shoulders to restore strength and movement. Most patients can return to golf or tennis, swimming, yoga or Pilates, and other physical activities they previously avoided due to shoulder pain.
The first qualifying factor for shoulder surgery is pain. The most important and immediate goal of shoulder arthroplasty is pain relief for the patient. Due to wear and tear from rheumatism, disrupted shoulder cartilage can expose joints to bone-to-bone interactions. This can be very painful and is often corrected by simply replacing the entire joint.
Dr Chandra Shekar shoulder surgeon will help you to know the Top 3 Reasons for Shoulder Replacement Surgery.
What is shoulder replacement surgery?
Shoulder replacement surgery, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, is removing a part of the shoulder joint replaced with an artificial implant to relieve pain and restore mobility and rotation. It is very successful in treating the severe pain and stiffness caused by terminal arthritis.
Shoulder arthritis is a condition in which the smooth cartilage covering the shoulder bones degenerates or is damaged. With a strong shoulder, this cartilage surface allows the bones to slide comfortably. When this cartilage surface disappears, the bone comes into direct contact, which increases friction and causes it to become rough and damaged. Moving the bone over the bone can be very painful and challenging. A surgically implanted artificial restoration surface provides painless movement, strength, and function.
How do you know that you need shoulder replacement surgery?
Three common causes of shoulder arthroplasty
- Arthritis of the shoulder joint: Most common in patients over the age of 50, this degenerative condition causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint because the protective cartilage has weakened over the years. Your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs first. However, suppose this, when combined with other non-surgical treatment options, does not result in pain relief or increased mobility. In that case, it may be time to consider the benefits of a total shoulder replacement seriously. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons patients undergo this procedure.
- Fracture: In the event of a severe injury, the head (or ball) of the hand bone can be badly damaged beyond repair and must be replaced. Depending on the health of the joint socket, the surgeon may recommend partial or complete shoulder replacement to replace the fractured bone, stabilize the joint, and restore function.
- Rotator Cuff tear: A rotator cuff break occurs when the patient has an injury to one of the four muscles that line the humerus. These muscles are essential for maintaining the stability of the shoulder joint. If for long-term cuff tears are not treated, arthritis can develop. Over time, the joints suffer from a lack of strength and the appearance of arthritis. Shoulder replacement can be recommended.
If your case doesn’t meet any of the above conditions, you may still be wondering, “How do I know if I need full shoulder replacement surgery?” If so, it is time to contact Dr Chandra Shekhar B. You will have an x-ray, or your doctor may order a CT or MRI to determine your shoulder joint condition and assess your need for joint replacement.
Wondering How will I know if shoulder replacement is needed?
The most common reason someone has this surgery is arthritis shoulder pain which cannot be controlled via non-surgical treatment. Pain is usually accompanied by progressive stiffness and a feeling of dragging in the shoulder.
This symptom indicates that ball and socket bones are rubbing against each other because the cartilage between them is worn out.
Who shouldn’t get a shoulder replacement?
All patients are not good candidates for shoulder replacement. This includes those who:
- Has symptoms that are not too dangerous
- Loss or paralysis of both the rotator cuff and deltoid muscles
- You have an active infection
- You have a progressive nervous system disorder that has affected the joint (on a case-by-case basis).
Additionally, some patients with early-stage osteoarthritis may want to try non-surgical conservative treatment for their condition first to see if shoulder replacement is necessary or delayed. These steps include:
- Physical therapy.
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Corticosteroid injections
If you have a problem or have questions or concerns, contact Dr Chandra Shekhar B. surgeon’s office. Any symptoms such as fever, increased drainage, redness, swelling, or a sudden and significant increase in pain or change in the feeling or movement of your arm after the nerve block has cleared should be reported immediately.
Approximately 53,000 shoulder replacement surgeries are performed in India each year, and many patients can experience excellent results and pain relief from surgery. However, keep in mind that any joint replacement is a very intensive operation, and you need to know all the facts before deciding to move on.
To learn more about shoulder replacement surgery, visit Dr Chandra Shekhar B. and our shoulder surgery website, where you can watch informative blogs and videos about different types of surgery and meet our team of specialists and surgeons. Contact us at 91 9959588389.