Overview

What can you expect from shoulder replacement surgery?

Deciding whether or not to have shoulder replacement surgery is a difficult decision. Discussing your treatment options with your doctor is essential to helping you decide if this is the right choice for you. Learning more about shoulder replacement surgery can help you to formulate the questions you would like to ask your doctor. Click here to view some sample questions for your doctor. You can print these questions to bring to your next appointment.

Treatments for shoulder pain focus on ways to manage discomfort and improve function. Most successful treatments involve a combination of methods tailored to individual needs, lifestyle, and health. The potential benefits from shoulder replacement are:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved mobility

Understanding shoulder anatomy

 
 

What to expect after shoulder replacement surgery

 
 
References
  • McFarland EG. "Shrug off shoulder surgery myth, Johns Hopkins study suggests." http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/shrug_off_shoulder_surgery_myth_study_suggests/.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.