Am I a right candidate for shoulder replacement surgery?

shoulder painIf you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, or shoulder fracture, etc., you may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. It is prescribed only when your shoulder pain is severe and cannot be controlled by non-operative measures.

Do I need help at home after the shoulder replacement?

For about two months, you will need someone to assist you in household jobs like laundry, cooking, shopping etc. You are required NOT to lift anything heavier than a cup of coffee with the operated hand. Make arrangements at home before your surgery to avoid any discomfort and hassles.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

Mostly shoulder replacement patients are discharged from the hospital within three to four days after the surgery.

How long will the shoulder replacement surgery take?

Generally, a shoulder replacement procedure takes about two hours to complete.

How will be my recovery period after the shoulder replacement?

shoulder replacement-recovery physical-therapyYou will get out of bed the very next day after shoulder replacement surgery and start movement with the help of your doctor and physiotherapist. The hospital stay is of two to three days. Till four to six weeks your arm will be in a sling. You will have to follow strictly physical exercises recommended by your physiotherapist. Within two weeks after the surgery you can perform simple activities such as eating, grooming, and dressing. The complete recovery takes at least three months after the joint replacement surgery.

Should I use heat or ice cold pack for pain at home?

For shoulder pain you can use ice pack on the area.

What are the shoulder replacement complications or risks?

Shoulder Replacement ComplicationsThe shoulder replacement complications and risks are same as in any other surgical procedure. But they are very rare, reported in even less than 2% cases. The complications may include risk of infection, blood clot, prosthetic loosening etc. All these are well taken care by experienced orthopedic surgeons via continuous monitoring, medications, and preventive measures. To reduce any risk of infection special precautions are also taken in the operation theaters.

What is the right age for shoulder replacement surgery?

There is no definite right age for shoulder replacement surgery. It is can be performed on people as old as 80 years to even youngsters. The decision to undergo shoulder replacement is solely based your intensity of pain, discomfort in daily activities, disability, and your medical reports.

What is the success rate of shoulder replacement surgery?

shoulder Replacement success rateShoulder replacement surgery has a high success rate of over 90%. It has benefited millions of patients around the world. With the advancement in replacement surgical techniques and implant quality, the success rate is improving noticeably.

What kind of preparations I will have to make at home after the shoulder replacement for recovery?

  • Before going for the shoulder replacement arrange your clothes and other necessities in your home at a lower heightshoulder replacement prepare home where you do not have to raise your hand to take them.
  • Do not lift anything with the operated hand for about two month
  • Rest when tired but do not stay in bed all day.
  • Follow the physical therapy and the exercises recommended.
  • Do not do activities that put strain on your shoulder, such as weight lifting, badminton, or tennis.
  • Take a family/friend’s support at home for at least two months.

What will be the cost of my shoulder replacement in India? Is it covered under medical insurance?

Hip replacement costShoulder replacement is deemed to be one of the expensive surgeries. It includes the procedure cost, and pre- and post-operation expenses. Cost of shoulder replacement varies for each city and hospital even within the same geographical location. In India the shoulder replacement cost is far less than what you would have to pay in the developed countries like the U.S. or UK.

Shoulder replacement surgery is typically covered under medical insurance.

What will be the life of artificial implants used in my shoulder replacement?

shoulder implantWith improvements in surgical technique and implants material, the durability and success of shoulder implants have increased. The shoulder replacement implants can last for about 20 years.

When can I get a shower (or wet my staples) after a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement StaplesTill the staples are removed, take the sponge baths to avoid wetting the staples. You can shower after one day of their removal.

When can I get a shower (or wet my staples) after a shoulder replacement?

You have to keep your incision staples clean and dry till they are removed. Prevent them from getting wet for at least two days after your staples are out.

When can I start to drive?

As the strength and flexibility of your shoulder improves, you can drive after over one month of surgery.

When will be the staples removed after the surgery?

The staples are removed within 15 days after the shoulder replacement operation by a visiting nurse or physiotherapist at your home.

When will I be able to get back to work?

Getting back to work depends upon kind of work. If your job is less strenuous, you can get back to work after one month of shoulder replacement while for more strenuous work, it takes longer. Discuss with your doctor about your job type and when you can get back to it.

Which activities I CANNOT do after shoulder replacement surgery?

activity after Shoulder replacement - SwimmingShoulder replacement improves your mobility and quality of life. But high-impact activities such as heavy weight lifting, hammering, basketball, or badminton, should be avoided. You can do low-impact activities such as light aerobics, golfing, biking, swimming, and gardening only after four to six months of surgery. Consult your doctor before starting any new activity.

Which is the best hospital in India for shoulder replacement surgery?

Shoulder Replacement surgery

For the success of your shoulder replacement surgery, it is important to choose the best hospital and orthopedic surgeon. To choose the right hospital, look into every aspect of the treatment such as quality, experienced orthopedic surgeon, cost of shoulder replacement, post-surgery rehab, easy regular doctor visits after the surgery, and physiotherapy sessions which would continue for about three months.

If have any doubts, you can call our patient advisors for ‘free guidance’ on any treatment related issue.

Who is the best surgeon for shoulder replacement surgeries in India?

India has many highly trained and experienced surgeons practicing in different cities.

For more information read: Best joint replacement surgeon in India

Will I get a scar? How long it will be there?

shoulder replacement scarAfter the shoulder replacement you will get approximately three to six inch long scar on your shoulder side. The scar gradually fades to a thin line in about six months after the surgery. Apply the cream regularly your doctor has prescribed for healing.

Will I need blood during shoulder replacement surgery?

Shoulder replacement Blood-TransfusionLike in any other surgery, blood loss is normal during shoulder replacement surgery too. You may need blood transfusion during shoulder replacement surgery.