Total shoulder replacement removes a damaged shoulder joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. Either part of the shoulder joint can be replaced, but a total shoulder replacement replaces both the ball and socket.
If your doctor has recommended total shoulder replacement surgery in Sacramento, CA or a surrounding area, it’s important that you understand both the procedure and recovery process. The expert staff at Dignity Health provides award-winning orthopedic care, joint replacement classes, and support every step of the way.
Do You Need Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Our orthopedic surgeons use the latest methods in total shoulder replacement to treat painful shoulder damage from injuries, arthritis, or infections. With a new, artificial joint, you’ll be able to move your shoulder without pain.
Your doctor may recommend total shoulder replacement if:
- X-rays show severe damage to the shoulder joint with loss of cartilage and bone.
- Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and joint injections haven’t improved your symptoms or range of motion.
- Shoulder pain or stiffness limits your daily activities.
- You have shoulder pain, even when not using your shoulder.
Your Total Shoulder Replacement & Recovery in the Sacramento Region
An experienced Dignity Health orthopedic surgeon will perform your total shoulder replacement in one of our state-of-the-art hospitals. You may have an option of either general anesthesia or regional anesthesia with sedation. The surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage, implants a metal ball and stem into the humerus, and secures a plastic cap in place of the shoulder socket.
Most people go home the same day of surgery, but you may need to stay overnight, depending on your overall health. Your care team will fit you with a sling to keep your shoulder stable while it is healing. Plan to wear the sling for up to a month.
Before you have surgery, move anything you’ll need at your home from high shelves to a lower area. You also may need help at home for the first couple of weeks.
Your orthopedic surgeon and care team will explain the benefits and potential risks of joint replacement well in advance of your surgery, so you will feel comfortable and prepared.
Pain control and physical therapy are an important part of your recovery. Managing pain will help you get the rest you need to recover and start physical therapy. This rehabilitation helps prevent joint stiffness and regain joint function. Gradually, you’ll recover your shoulder function, strength, and stability. After total shoulder replacement, most people are able to return to their favorite activities.
Committed to your care, the orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health are proud to perform your total shoulder replacement with expertise in Sacramento and the surrounding areas.
Take the Next Step
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at (916) 851-2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.