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What is a Shoulder Replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery involves removing damaged parts of the shoulder and replacing them with artificial components, known as a prosthesis. This procedure is often recommended for individuals who suffer from severe arthritis or have sustained significant injuries to their shoulder.

When Is Shoulder Replacement Necessary?

Shoulder replacement may be necessary if you experience:

  • Persistent pain that does not improve with conservative treatment, such as medications or physical therapy
  • Significant loss of mobility and function in the shoulder
  • Severe arthritis or extensive damage to the shoulder joint
  • Decreased quality of life due to shoulder pain and dysfunction, affecting daily activities

The Procedure

The shoulder replacement surgery begins with you being placed under general anesthesia, ensuring comfort and painlessness throughout the operation. A surgical incision is made over the shoulder to provide access to the joint.

During the procedure, the damaged components of the shoulder, including parts of the humerus (arm bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade), are carefully removed. Artificial components are then meticulously positioned to mimic the function and movement of a healthy shoulder.

These prostheses are designed to restore mobility and alleviate pain. Once the implants are securely in place, the incision is closed using sutures or staples, completing the surgery.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, our approach to shoulder replacement focuses on:

  • Minimally Invasive Techniques: Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive procedures to reduce the impact of surgery, shorten hospital stays, and minimize recovery times.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: We understand that each patient’s condition is unique. Our specialists tailor every treatment plan to meet your specific health needs and recovery goals.
  • Advanced Surgical Technology: We utilize the latest advancements in prosthetic design and surgical equipment to enhance the precision and effectiveness of the procedure.

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

Recovery from shoulder replacement surgery at Excel Health is supported by:

  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation: After surgery, you’ll engage in a structured rehabilitation program designed to help you regain strength and mobility in your shoulder.
  • Pain Management: We provide effective strategies for managing pain, ensuring a more comfortable recovery process.
  • Follow-up Care: Regular follow-up appointments allow our team to monitor your progress and adjust your recovery plan as needed.

Our goal is to ensure that you not only achieve optimal surgical outcomes but also return to your daily activities with improved function and less pain. If you are suffering from debilitating shoulder pain and think shoulder replacement might be right for you, contact Excel Health today to schedule a consultation.

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