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The goal of shoulder replacement is to help you get back to an active lifestyle with less pain.
Find a Doctor
Discussing your treatment options with your doctor is essential to helping you decide if this is the right choice for you. Learning more about shoulder replacement surgery can help you to formulate the questions you would like to ask your doctor.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Shoulder Replacement Surgery
When shoulder pain starts interfering with daily activities, it may be time to consider shoulder surgery.
How to Prepare
Patients who plan ahead for surgery have a better shoulder replacement experience. There are a host of things you can to do aid your rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. These can make your recovery go much more smoothly as you transition back to your routine and day-today activities.
Read stories of patients who have had shoulder replacement surgery and hear all about their experience before and after surgery.
Understanding Shoulder Anatomy
The shoulder joint has the largest range of motion out of all the joints in the body. This flexibility allows you to hit a backhand swing in tennis or stretch to reach something on a top shelf.
The diagnosis and treatment of shoulder joint problems have improved greatly since a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy was developed. Arthroscopy allows a surgeon to see inside the shoulder and to carry out procedures through tiny incisions.
Sometimes an injury causes a shoulder bone to break or partially crack. The fracture usually involves the collarbone (clavicle) or the area just below the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus). The cause is often a sudden blow to the shoulder or a bad fall. Pain follows, and the patient may be able to see his or her shoulder bones out of position
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.