Preparing For Surgery

Planning for your shoulder replacement surgery

Patients who plan ahead for surgery have a better shoulder replacement experience. There are a host of things you can to do aid your rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. These can make your recovery go much more smoothly as you transition back to your routine and day-to-day activities. Consider the following:

  • Make caregiver arrangements.
  • Educate yourself- Attend a community education seminar near you
  • To reduce as many risk factors for your shoulder replacement surgery, you may want to stop smoking, eliminate caffeinated beverages and herbal remedies. Consult with your surgeon and follow his or her advice.
  • Donate blood- Discuss with your surgeon whether you should donate blood prior to your surgery for possible use in a blood transfusion.

You and your caregiver should take this time to familiarize yourselves with the surgery and what to expect during your hospital stay. You should also find out what to bring to the hospital to make your time there more comfortable or learn what you can do to prepare your home for your rehabilitation.

Did you know that 70 to 80 percent of health problems can be diagnosed by the information the patient provides his or her doctor? 1

Preparation is the key to communication

 
 

Your Questions Answered

 
 
The decision to get a shoulder replacement is between you and your doctor. Total shoulder replacement can be an effective procedure that can help patients resume a more active lifestyle.
Many patients who could benefit from a shoulder replacement are worried that they will not be able to comfortably and confidently get back to their normal activities of daily living. In a review of studies related to the quality-of-life outcomes for patients receiving total shoulder arthroplasty, it was concluded that total shoulder arthroplasty leads to significant improvements in function, pain, and overall physical well-being.1 Ninety-nine percent of the people who have a shoulder replacement for arthritis get pain relief. 2
References
  • Carter MJ, et al, “Impact of Total Shoulder Arthroplasty on Generic and Shoulder-Specific Health-Related Quality-of-Life Measures. A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis”Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2012, 94(17)
  • 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/. Accessed April 2016.
You must inform any doctors, including dentists, treating you that you have undergone shoulder replacement surgery. Antibiotics may be prescribed before a procedure to help avoid infection.
The sensitivity of every metal detector is different, and it is possible that a shoulder replacement implant might cause the machine to go off.
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is used as a diagnostic tool for many types of medical conditions. If a doctor is considering ordering an MRI for you, make sure he or she is aware of your shoulder implant.
Avoiding trauma and high impact activities are helpful in caring for your new shoulder replacement.
References
  • Jacoby, Dana. The Exclusive Guidebook to the World of Medicine. Med Ed Pub, Page 44. Publication date 4/28/2007

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.