Shoulder replacements (Total and Reverse)
Total shoulder replacement
The ball of the humerus is replaced by a metallic head and stem. The glenoid or scapula is replaced with a polyethylene prosthesis that is cemented into the bone. The surgeon will use the ones that best resemble your bones at the time of surgery. The joint will then be put through a series of movements to make sure it is stable. Your wound is then closed, and you are placed in a sling. You will return to the ward and commence your rehabilitation.
Reverse total shoulder replacement
Reverse shoulder replacements are also commonly used for shoulder fractures after trauma that are not able to be reconstructed.
A general anaesthetic and a regional pain block are used at the time of surgery and there are risks related to this which your anaesthetist will discuss with you.
Recovery and rehabilitation
Physiotherapy will start the day after your surgery and will focus on mobilising your upper limb. The use of a sling will aid in your recovery and can be worn up to 6 weeks after surgery as guided by your surgeon and physiotherapist. Patients are able to return to driving 6 weeks after surgery.
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