If you regularly experience shoulder pain, a shoulder replacement can provide relief and restore your natural range of motion. At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., Stephen Thon, MD, and John Schwappach, MD, have years of experience performing shoulder replacement surgery. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment at the practice in Englewood, Centennial, Lone Tree, or Aurora, Colorado, by calling the nearest office to speak with a team member or using the online booking tool.
Shoulder replacement is an orthopedic procedure that removes diseased or damaged portions of your shoulder joint and replaces them with an artificial prosthesis. It’s a safe and effective way to relieve chronic shoulder pain and improve mobility.
At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., the providers use shoulder replacement to treat a variety of common problems, including:
You might also benefit from shoulder replacement if you develop avascular necrosis. This condition occurs when blood flow to a bone is cut off, resulting in pain and damage.
Before recommending shoulder replacement surgery, Dr. Thon or Dr. Schwappach conducts a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. They might ask you to stop taking certain medications a few weeks before the operation because some drugs increase the risk of bleeding and other complications.
On the day of your shoulder replacement procedure, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and a button-up shirt. Following the procedure, you stay overnight in the hospital for 2-3 days.
Shoulder replacement takes about two hours. Before the operation, your surgeon administers general anesthesia, putting you to sleep. Once you’re comfortable, they make an incision in your shoulder joint and carefully remove the damaged bone and cartilage.
Then, they replace the joint and socket of your shoulder with an artificial prosthesis made of metal and plastic.
After placing the prosthesis, your surgeon stitches up the shoulder and moves you to a recovery room for observation. When you wake up, you’re moved to a hospital room.
Following shoulder replacement, it’s normal to experience pain and swelling. Dr. Thon or Dr. Schwappach prescribes antibiotics and painkillers to minimize discomfort and lower the risk of infection.
After a few days, you’re discharged from the hospital with an arm sling. For at least a month, you need to avoid activities that involve lifting, pushing, or pulling. To speed up the recovery process, follow your surgeon’s instructions and make sure to do strengthening exercises at home. You're able to return to routine activities like driving within about six weeks.
To further explore shoulder replacement, make an appointment at Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. by calling the nearest office or booking online today.