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What is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

The shoulder is a complex structure that includes ligaments, muscles, bones, and tendons working simultaneously to offer the full range of motion. When any one of these gets severely damaged, the orthopedic surgeon will recommend shoulder replacement surgery to restore the normal function of the affected shoulder joint. There are different reasons for which shoulder replacement surgery can be advised, such as tendonitis, accidental damage, chronic pain in the shoulder joint, joint arthritis, bursitis, sports injury, etc. To get advanced arthroscopic treatment for shoulder replacement surgery in India, contact us today by calling on the number mentioned below in the right-hand corner. 

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Best hospital for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Best hospital for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The treatment center is well equipped with state-of-the-art surgical instruments and has modern infrastructure to offer the best possible shoulder replacement surgery. Pristyn Care provides advanced arthroscopic shoulder replacement surgery that is performed with the help of minimally invasive techniques. At Pristyn Care, we have highly experienced orthopedic surgeons. They perform advanced surgery and provide comprehensive shoulder replacement treatment for effective results. 

 

What happens during shoulder replacement surgery?

What happens during shoulder replacement surgery?

Diagnosis for Shoulder Replacement 

An orthopedic surgeon will conduct 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 with the fingertips on the affected area. To detect the root cause and to determine the best-suited technique for the shoulder joint, the orthopedic surgeon will recommend a few diagnostic tests- 

  • X-ray– This test is commonly 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–  This imaging test is usually recommended to get intricate images of the tissues and organs of the affected area.
  • Electromyography(EMG)– This diagnostic test is recommended to assess the health of the muscles and the nerve cells that control them. It helps in detecting nerve and muscle dysfunction. 

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

An orthopedic surgeon will determine the technique after a thorough examination. Once the severity of the condition is detected, the surgeon will perform the best-suited technique for the shoulder replacement. There are different types of shoulder replacement surgeries that can treat an affected shoulder joint. The surgeon will determine the technique for shoulder replacement treatment based on the severity of the condition. The following are different techniques for shoulder replacement surgery-

  • 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 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 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. 

 

Benefits of Arthroscopic Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Benefits of Arthroscopic Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The following are a few advantages of undergoing advanced shoulder replacement surgery compared to conventional methods of joint replacement surgeries- 

  • The duration of surgical procedures is lesser 
  • The postoperative pain and discomfort are minimal
  • Reduced chances of post-surgical complications 
  • Minimally invasive surgery that includes small incisions
  • The normal function of the shoulder joint is restored completely
  • The mobility issues and range of motion are improved 

Recovery Tips for 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 any fail to ensure a smooth recovery. 

  • Take medication on time prescribed by your orthopedic doctor. 
  • 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

Average cost of Shoulder Replacement Surgery in India

Shoulder replacement surgery cost in India ranges from Rs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 for one shoulder. If you are considering getting shoulder replacement surgery, you should consider the following factors, based which the cost of surgery can vary:

  • The type of implant used for the surgery
  • General costs of hospitalization
  • Fees and experience of the surgeon
  • Surgical approach – minimally invasive or traditional open surgery
  • Type of anesthesia administered
  • Patient’s age and comorbidities
  • The city where you undergo the procedure
  • Physiotherapy, rehabilitation and postoperative care required
  • Insurance coverage

To know the average cost of shoulder replacement surgery in your city, get in touch with us.

Are there any complications and risks involved in shoulder replacement surgery?

Are there any complications and risks involved in shoulder replacement surgery?

The following are a few potential risks that are involved in shoulder replacement surgery-

  • The nearby bone that is attached to a ball-socket joint can get fractured. 
  • The artificial shoulder implant that is fixed during the surgery may loosen or become worn out in due course. 
  • Blood clots may emerge around the surgical site post shoulder replacement surgery.
  • The infection can occur around the incision made during the shoulder replacement surgery. 
  • The deeper tissues around the surgical site can get damaged post-surgery. 

Case Study

Case Study

A couple of months ago, on 3rd June, Mr. Mayank Tokas (name changed) met with a car accident. Because of the accident, he suffered a fracture in his shoulder, and the bones of the shoulder joint were crushed. He consulted our expert orthopedic doctor, Dr. Ashish Taneja, for shoulder treatment. 

Dr. Ashish Taneja diagnosed the condition and recommended a few imaging tests like X-ray and MRI to detect the severity of the damaged bones in the shoulder joint. After going through the reports, Dr. Taneja determined shoulder replacement surgery in order to fix the damaged bones and restore the normal function of the shoulder joint. The doctor scheduled the surgery after two days of diagnosis and prescribed him a few medicines, including pain killers, to manage the pain. 

Dr. Taneja handled performed the arthroscopy technique and replaced the affected shoulder with an artificial implant precisely. Mr. Tokas stayed for 2 days in the hospital post shoulder replacement surgery for better care after surgery. He was then discharged and asked to come for a follow-up consultation, which was after 10 days of surgery.

Mr. Tokas took good care of himself post-surgery and showed progressive recovery. Dr. Taneja also suggested him to take a few physiotherapy sessions to get rid of discomfort and regain strength post-surgery. Mr. Tokas was satisfied with the surgery results, recovered well after a month, and informed no complications post-surgery. 

FAQs about Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Is shoulder replacement surgery painful?

No. Shoulder replacement surgery is performed with arthroscopic technology, i.e., a minimally invasive method. This 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 which 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.

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