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Directly after shoulder surgery

Rehab begins quickly. When you are back in your hospital room, you’ll begin a gentle rehabilitation program to help relax the muscles around your new shoulder. You may be encouraged to get out of bed and take a few steps, and you’ll continue to receive pain medication as needed.


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What Are Zimmer Shoulder Implants Made Of?

Biomaterials and more

As you’d expect, orthopedic implants are very “high tech.” Their designs can be quite complex, and the materials used to make them, called biomaterials, are highly developed. Examples of biomaterials include titanium, cobalt-chrome, polyethylene, and Trabecular Metal™ Material. The materials most commonly used have a long history of clinical use.


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Questions When Considering Shoulder Surgery

Here are some questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor when considering shoulder surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it with you to your appointment. It’s also a good idea to keep a record of your shoulder pain to share with your doctor at the same time.


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Preparing For Shoulder Replacement Surgery

If you and your surgeon decide that total shoulder replacement is right for you, a date will be scheduled for your surgery. Several things may be necessary to prepare for surgery. For example, your surgeon might ask you to have a physical examination by your primary care physician.


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Understanding how your shoulder works

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball portion of the joint consists of the rounded head of the upper arm bone (humerus), and the socket portion is made up of a depression (glenoid) in the shoulder blade. The humeral head (ball) fits into the glenoid (socket) creating the joint that allows you to move your shoulder.


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Shoulder Pain Relief: Nonsurgical Options

When it comes to relieving shoulder pain, there are many different treatment options. Success varies not only by each individual’s shoulder but also by what’s causing your shoulder pain. Care for arthritis pain, for example, often involves a combination of treatments. Be sure to consult your doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.


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When Is Shoulder Surgery Not Appropriate?

Even though shoulder surgery may be an effective way to minimize or eliminate shoulder pain, your doctor may decide that shoulder replacement surgery is not appropriate for you. Reasons could include:

  • You have an infection or a history of infection
  • You don’t have enough bone, or the bone is not strong enough to support a new shoulder
  • You have injured nerves in your shoulder area
  • You have injured or nonfunctional shoulder muscles
  • Your shoulder is severely unstable
  • Your bones are not fully grown or developed
  • You have noticeable bone loss or a severe decrease in bone mass (osteoporosis)
  • Your shoulder joint has been previously fused and is stable, functional, and painless
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis and active/history of skin lesions (due to increased risk of infection)

 


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What Are The Risks Of Shoulder Surgery?

Shoulder replacements have been highly successful for years. Many people who have suffered from shoulder pain and arthritis have experienced relief and restored motion through total shoulder replacement. And because new materials and procedures are always being developed, the results continue to get better.


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Questions To Ask Before Shoulder Surgery

Here’s a list of questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor before your shoulder surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it with you on your appointment.

  1. What complications may occur with this kind of surgery?
  2. What is the expected recovery time?

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How Much Does Shoulder Replacement Surgery Cost?

The cost of a total shoulder implant varies, depending on the type of implant used. Generally, the hospital purchases the implant and includes it as part of the total cost for the surgery. The ultimate cost for shoulder replacement surgery is specific to the hospital where the surgery is performed.


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