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How to Prepare for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Learn how to prepare for your shoulder replacement surgery.

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Planning for Your Shoulder Replacement Surgery


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-to-day activities. Consider the following:

  • Make caregiver arrangements
  • Educate yourself- Attend a community education seminar near you
  • To reduce as many risk factors for your shoulder replacement surgery, you may want to stop smoking, eliminate caffeinated beverages and herbal remedies. Consult with your surgeon and follow his or her advice.
  • Donate blood- Discuss with your surgeon whether you should donate blood prior to your surgery for possible use in a blood transfusion.


You and your caregiver should take this time to familiarize yourselves with the surgery and what to expect during your hospital stay. You should also find out what to bring to the hospital to make your time there more comfortable or learn what you can do to prepare your home for your rehabilitation.

Did you know that 70 to 80 percent of health problems can be diagnosed by the information the patient provides his or her doctor? 1

Preparation Is the Key to Communication


You and your caregiver want to be as prepared as possible when the inevitable questions arise about the patient and the procedure. Below are some helpful hints to share with your caregiver.


Avoid Communication Barriers

  • Discuss with your caregiver, how you like to communicate your feelings and concerns.
  • Ask questions and make sure you fully understand the information. Feel comfortable with the staff.


Feel Comfortable With the Staff

  • Make sure doctors and staff listen to concerns and provide answers to any questions.
  • See if care options can be adapted to fit within religious or cultural beliefs.


Stay Involved

  • Talk about which caregivers should be included in discussions about condition/disease and subsequent treatment.
  • Keep the doctor informed. Contact the surgeon if there are any complications from surgery, such as fever, redness, drainage or bleeding around the wound site.


 

References

1. Jacoby, Dana. The Exclusive Guidebook to the World of Medicine. Med Ed Pub, Page 44. Publication date 4/28/2007

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.