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Shoulder Replacement: Diagnosis, Surgery & Recovery

If you are suffering from excruciating pain in your shoulder, consult an expert orthopedic doctor at Pristyn Care in India. We offer advanced and effective arthroscopic treatment for shoulder replacement surgery in India.

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  • What is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

    Shoulder replacement surgery is performed to remove damaged areas of bones and replace them with parts made of metal and plastic. This surgery is also known as shoulder arthroplasty.

    During this procedure, the damaged or arthritic parts of the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial components typically crafted from metal and plastic. There are several types of shoulder replacement surgeries. 

    The surgery is performed under the influence of general anesthesia, and once the damaged portions are removed, the artificial components are securely implanted into the bone. Following the procedure, patients undergo a rehabilitation program to restore shoulder strength and motion gradually. While shoulder replacement surgery can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life, it also carries certain risks and potential complications, such as infection, blood clots, nerve injury, and prosthesis-related issues.

    Thus, it is imperative to have a comprehensive discussion with a qualified orthopedic surgeon to determine the appropriateness of this procedure based on the individual’s specific condition.

    • Disease name

    Shoulder Replacement

    • Surgery name

    Shoulder arthroplasty

    • Duration

    2 Hours

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    Types of Shoulder Replacement

    Different types of shoulder replacement surgery are as follows:

    • Partial shoulder replacement surgery: When the socket in the joint gets worn out, the orthopedic surgeon recommends partial or hemi shoulder replacement to restore the normal function of the joint. During this procedure, the surgeon puts a metal stem, on the top of the arm bone, with a ball on the end to regain movement in the shoulder joint. 
    • Total shoulder replacement surgery: It is one of the complex surgical techniques that involve replacing the damaged shoulder joint completely with a best-suited artificial shoulder joint.
    • Reverse shoulder arthroplasty: This technique is usually suggested when the natural position of the ball and socket joint is reversed. This surgical procedure needs to be performed with precision and expertise.
    • Shoulder resurfacing: In this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon replaces the damaged humeral joint surface with an artificial metal cap without harming the nearby part of the humerus. 

    Are you going through any of these symptoms?

    Shoulder Replacement Diagnosis

    An orthopedic surgeon usually conducts a thorough physical examination of the affected shoulder joint to assess the tenderness and swelling. The doctor may also ask about the symptoms, including the intensity of the pain while putting slight pressure on the fingertips on the affected area. 

    A healthcare provider usually suggests a variety of diagnostic tests to detect the root cause and to determine the best-suited technique for the shoulder joint. Some common diagnostic tests are as follows:

    • X-ray: This test is usually recommended to get a clear picture of the shoulder joint. It helps the surgeon decide the type of technique for the shoulder replacement treatment.
    • MRI: A doctor usually recommends this imaging test to get intricate images of the tissues and organs of the affected area.
    • Electromyography(EMG): This diagnostic test is usually recommended to assess the health of the muscles and the nerve cells that control them. It helps in detecting nerve and muscle dysfunction. 

    What Happens During Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

    Shoulder replacement surgery, also known as shoulder arthroplasty, is a sophisticated surgical procedure aimed at relieving severe shoulder joint issues and reducing intense pain. In this procedure, the damaged or diseased portions of the shoulder joint, including the upper arm bone (humerus) and the shoulder blade’s socket (glenoid), are carefully removed.

    These areas are then replaced with artificial components that mimic the natural joint structure, restoring the shoulder’s function and stability. Skilled precision is required during the surgery as the surgeon navigates through the surrounding muscles and ligaments to achieve optimal outcomes.

    After the procedure, diligent rehabilitation and physical therapy are vital to support healing, restore shoulder mobility, and ensure a successful recovery. Shoulder replacement surgery has proven to be a life-changing intervention for individuals with severe shoulder joint conditions, granting them improved movement and a significantly enhanced quality of life.

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    Benefits of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Benefits of shoulder replacement include:

    • Pain relief: Pain is arguably the most widely expressed concern associated with shoulder arthritis. With a new and healthy joint, pain is significantly lessened.
    • Increased range of motion: A new shoulder joint will alleviate any stiffness associated with shoulder arthritis. This will allow for better flexibility and increased mobility in this joint.
    • Long-lasting results: While the longevity of an artificial joint varies depending on multiple factors, most patients can expect their replacement to last more than a decade.
    • Increased strength: Postoperatively, there is a focus on strengthening the deltoid and other muscles around the shoulder to optimize function.

    What Should I Expect After Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

    After undergoing shoulder replacement surgery, your recovery will involve a gradual improvement in shoulder function and a reduction in pain. Keep in mind that your experience may vary based on the specific procedure, your overall health, and how well you follow postoperative instructions. Here are the general expectations for the recovery process:

    • Hospital stay: You typically stay in the hospital for a few days for close monitoring and initial rehabilitation.
    • Pain management: Pain and discomfort in the shoulder area are normal after surgery, but your healthcare team will provide medication to help manage it during your hospital stay and at home.
    • Immobilization: Initially, your shoulder may be immobilized with a sling to protect the joint and aid healing.
    • Physical therapy: Physical therapy is essential for recovery. You must start with gentle exercises to improve your range of motion and gradually progress to strengthening exercises.
    • Follow-up appointments: Attend all the follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor the recovery.
    • Activity restrictions: Your surgeon provides specific instructions on activities to avoid or limit during the early recovery phase to protect the healing joint.
    • Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising around the shoulder are common but should gradually improve.
    • Full recovery: Complete recovery may take several months, and you will notice improvements in shoulder function over time with patience and adherence to the physical therapy plan.
    • Lifestyle changes: Depending on your shoulder’s condition, you may need to make lifestyle adjustments, such as avoiding certain activities or heavy lifting to protect the new joint.
    • Long-term results: With successful surgery and postoperative care, you can expect improved shoulder function, reduced pain, and an enhanced quality of life in the long run.

    Remember, individual recovery experiences vary, so follow your healthcare team’s guidance and attend all appointments to ensure a successful recovery after shoulder replacement surgery.

    Recovery Tips for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    The recovery process is not complicated at all. But it is necessary to follow the guidelines given by your doctor without fail to ensure a smooth recovery. 

    • Take all the medications on time prescribed by your orthopedic surgeon. 
    • It is advisable not to do any strenuous activities post-shoulder replacement surgery. 
    • Avoid lifting any heavy objects as they may put excessive pressure on the surgical site.
    • Consult your doctor if you feel any odd signs post-shoulder replacement surgery.
    • Avoid driving for at least a month or as advised by your doctor. 
    • Do not sleep on the side of the surgical site.

    Average Cost of Shoulder Replacement Surgery in India

    The average cost of shoulder replacement surgery in India typically ranges from around INR 280000 to INR 400000. This is the estimated cost of surgery, the final cost of surgery can vary depending on various factors, including:

    • Choice of treatment hospital
    • Choice of the hospital room
    • Surgeon’s fees
    • Type of surgery
    • The extent of joint degeneration
    • Type of implant used
    • Cost of anesthesia and other surgical equipment
    • Cost of medications and assistive devices required post-surgery
    • insurance cover shoulder replacement surgery 
    • Postoperative physiotherapy and care required
    • Post-surgery consultation charges

    Are there any Complications and Risks involved in Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

    Mostly shoulder replacement surgery is safe and effective, but like any surgical procedure, it also carries certain risks and complications. Some common risks and complications associated with shoulder replacement surgery are as follows:   

    • Dislocation: In some cases, it’s possible for the ball of your new joint to come out of the socket.
    • Fracture: The humerus bone, the scapula, or the glenoid bone can break during or after surgery.
    • Implant loosening: Shoulder replacement components are durable, but they may loosen or become worn over time. In some cases, you may need another surgery to replace the loose components.
    • Rotator cuff failure: The group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint (the rotator cuff) occasionally wears out after a partial or total anatomic shoulder replacement.
    • Nerve damage: Nerves in the area where the implant is placed can be injured. Nerve damage can cause numbness, weakness, and pain.
    • Blood clots:  Clots can form in the veins of the leg or arm post-surgery. This can be dangerous because a piece of a clot can break off and travel to the lung, the heart, or, rarely, the brain.
    • Infection: There is a rare chance of infection at the incision site or in the deeper tissue. Surgery is sometimes needed to treat it.

    Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Before shoulder replacement surgery, it is important to ask the following questions to your healthcare provider to have a better understanding of the procedure and the risks and complications associated with it:

    • How long does it take to recover from shoulder replacement surgery?
    • Is shoulder replacement surgery painful?
    • What are the potential risks and complications of shoulder replacement surgery? 
    • Is surgery good for shoulder replacement?
    • What is the best surgery for shoulder replacement?
    • What is the cost of shoulder replacement surgery in India?
    • What are the benefits of shoulder replacement surgery?
    • What is the success rate of shoulder replacement surgery?
    • How long is bed rest after shoulder replacement surgery?
    • What are the other treatment options for shoulder replacement except for surgery?
    • What are the long-term benefits of shoulder replacement surgery?
    • What are the different types of shoulder replacement surgery?
    • How to treat anterior shoulder replacement?
    • How serious is a total shoulder replacement?
    • How long is recovery for a full shoulder replacement?

    Is Shoulder Replacement Covered Under Insurance

    Shoulder replacement surgery is usually performed to alleviate chronic pain or mobility caused by various health conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or avascular necrosis. These conditions significantly impact the quality of life. Therefore, most insurance companies in India provide coverage for it as it is considered a medically necessary treatment. However, it is important to understand that insurance coverage for shoulder replacement surgery can vary depending on a specific insurance policy. It is usually advised to contact your insurance provider prior to the surgery to understand the specific terms and conditions of the policy. 

    FAQs about Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Is shoulder replacement surgery painful?

    No. Shoulder replacement surgery is performed with arthroscopic technology, which is a minimally invasive method. The surgery is performed under the influence of anesthesia which makes the surgical procedure painless. However, post shoulder replacement surgery, during the recovery duration, you may feel pain and discomfort that can be managed with the prescribed medication by your orthopedic doctor.

    How long do I have to stay in the hospital after shoulder replacement surgery?

    You may have to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days post-shoulder replacement surgery. However, the stay in the hospital may differ from one patient to another based on the severity of the condition, if the patient is showing any irregular signs post-surgery, etc.

    How long does it take for shoulder replacement surgery?

    The shoulder replacement surgery duration may take 1-2 hours. However, this is an approximate duration that may differ based on the type of artificial implant used for the shoulder replacement, the severity of the condition, etc. 

    How long does it take to recover after shoulder replacement surgery?

    The average recovery duration may take 10-12 days when the patient starts doing regular activities without any major issues. However, the complete recovery may take 3-4 months. The recovery duration also includes physiotherapy that helps the patient restore the full range of motion in the operated shoulder joint.

    When can I resume my work post shoulder replacement surgery?

    There is no specific time frame where you can resume work post shoulder replacement surgery. The time limit may differ from one patient to another for resuming work post-surgery depending on the factors, including the severity of the surgery, type of profession you are into, etc. 


    Whom should I consult for shoulder replacement surgery?

    You should consult an orthopedic surgeon who has specialization and fellowship in joint replacement surgeries. Shoulder replacement is a critical surgery and needs expertise as well as precision to get effective treatment. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult expert orthopedic surgery for shoulder replacement surgery.

    Can you lift weights after shoulder replacement surgery?

    A doctor usually suggests avoiding activities that require doing the same movement over and over again with the shoulder, such as weight lifting. 

    Is reverse shoulder replacement safe?

    Generally, reverse shoulder replacement is considered to be safe and effective. According to some studies, the reverse shoulder is a successful surgery with a success rate of around 85%.

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      Bheem Reddy


      Choosing Pristyn Care for my shoulder replacement was the right decision. The orthopedic team was attentive, and they made sure I was comfortable throughout the process. Pristyn Care's expertise in joint replacement surgeries is commendable.

      City : LUCKNOW
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      Vanshika Vyas


      Pristyn Care's care and expertise during my shoulder displacement surgery were beyond expectations. The doctors were professional and empathetic, taking the time to understand my symptoms and concerns. They explained the procedure in detail and put my mind at ease. Pristyn Care's team provided attentive post-operative care, ensuring my well-being during recovery. They were always available to answer my questions and provided valuable advice. Thanks to Pristyn Care, my shoulder displacement is now treated, and I feel more comfortable and relieved. I highly recommend their services for shoulder displacement surgery.

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      Roopa Dabral


      Opting for shoulder replacement surgery with Pristyn Care was my way of embracing a life without constant pain. Their dedicated team's professionalism and personalized care were commendable. The procedure journey was well-managed, and I'm now leading a life with reduced discomfort and improved shoulder function. Pristyn Care understands patients' well-being.

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      Surya Ahuja


      I had a shoulder replacement at Pristyn Care, and the entire experience was smooth. The orthopedic surgeon was skilled, and the surgery was successful. Pristyn Care's support during my recovery journey was exceptional.

      City : DELHI
      Doctor : Dr. Kamal Bachani
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      Bhagirathi Bhatia


      Choosing Pristyn Care for my shoulder replacement surgery was a transformative decision. Their expert team's guidance and modern techniques were evident. The procedure was conducted with precision, and I've regained mobility that I thought was lost forever. Pristyn Care truly excels in restoring quality of life.

      City : HYDERABAD
      Doctor : Dr. Hari Prakash
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      Prakash Gaonkar


      I underwent shoulder replacement surgery at Pristyn Care, and I'm delighted with the results. The orthopedic surgeon was highly skilled, and the procedure went smoothly. The post-operative care was top-notch, and my shoulder pain has significantly reduced. Thank you, Pristyn Care!

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