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About Shoulder Replacement at Cascade Orthopedics

If you have extensive shoulder damage, shoulder replacement might be the right treatment path to meet your needs. This is one of many advanced procedures available from Cascade Orthopaedics, in Auburn and Bonney Lake, Washington. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.  

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure to replace some or all of the joint components of your shoulder. A partial shoulder replacement only replaces the ball portion of the shoulder joint and is a good option when damage is limited to this area of the joint. 

In total shoulder replacement, both the ball and socket portions of the joint are replaced with synthetic implants. These implants are designed to have the exact size and shape of your natural bone tissue. 

A reverse total shoulder replacement option is a good approach for treating advanced rotator cuff damage. With this procedure, the ball portion is attached to the shoulder blade while the socket portion is attached to the upper arm bone.  

How can I prepare for my shoulder replacement surgery?

It’s important to share your complete personal health history before moving forward with shoulder replacement. This includes any supplements or medications you’re taking, as well as any medical conditions you’re being treated for. 

If you’re a smoker, make every effort to find a way to quit the habit before your surgery. Smoking robs your body of its natural healing abilities, especially when it comes to circulation. Quitting will reduce your risk of complications and ease the recovery process. Not to mention, it will give you a boost in your overall health and wellness. 

It’s also a good idea to ask a friend or loved one to give you a hand around the house for a few days after your procedure. Taking it easy during the initial stages of healing is important, and having someone to handle the heavy lifting and strenuous tasks can make it easier to focus on recovering. 

You’ll receive thorough post-procedure care instructions prior to your shoulder replacement surgery. Following those instructions can make a big difference in your recovery process, and can reduce the risk of injuring your shoulder again before it’s fully healed. 

What is the recovery process like after shoulder replacement?

You may receive medications to manage pain and prevent infection. Be sure to fill those prescriptions as soon as possible, so you have them on hand as needed. 

You may need a physical therapy or rehabilitation course after your shoulder replacement. These sessions will help strengthen the muscles that support your shoulder and improve your range of motion as healing moves forward. 

It’s important to avoid pushing too far beyond your boundaries in the weeks and months after shoulder replacement. Give your body the time it needs to heal properly, and never try to exceed your doctor’s limitations on lifting or any type of high-risk physical activity. 

When you’re ready to learn more about shoulder replacement, call Cascade Orthopaedics, to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes just moments to complete.