Patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as arthritis that affects their shoulder may find relief in total shoulder replacement (TSR) surgery. This procedure involves replacing both main parts of the joint to improve the range of motion and relieve pain. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient for many years to come.
Total shoulder replacement is often done in patients with arthritis in the shoulder who have not responded to traditional treatments. These can include physical therapy, medication, and cortisone injections.
If the pain and stiffness persist, a total shoulder replacement may be the best option. The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours. The surgeon removes the arthritic head of the humerus (upper arm bone) and the glenoid (socket joint) of the shoulder blade (scapula) and replaces them with prosthetic pieces. The new parts provide smooth movement of the joints, relieve pain, and restore range of motion.
Patients can expect 4-6 weeks of wearing a sling or splint to keep the shoulder immobilized while it heals. Then, you can expect to undergo physical therapy to get rid of the stiffness and return mobility and range of motion to the shoulder. The typical total recovery time for TSR surgery is 4-6 months.