what should patients expect once they have decided to have shoulder replacement surgery?
Once a patient decided the course of treatment, a healthcare professional, usually the primary care physician or internist, will take the patient through a reoperation medical evaluation. The patient will be asked to do some laboratory tests, and an EKG and chest x-rayx-rayAn X-ray is a painless process that uses radioactive materials to take pictures of bone. If your doctor suspec... may be requested as well. As part of the preparation for surgery, the patient will be given the option of donating blood prior to surgery. The patient may also be asked to attend a pre-op educational class explaining shoulder replacement and the recovery from shoulder replacement surgery. The more educated the patient is prior to surgery, the easier your post-operative course will be.
is shoulder replacement surgery covered by insurance?
Shoulder replacement surgery is covered by most insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Patients should contact their insurance provider to see whether shoulder replacement is covered under their plan.
how long will recovery and rehab take?
After surgery, a few days in the hospital are normal. During that time, surgical painpainAn unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage, and mediated by specific nerve fibe... may gradually decrease and strength and ability to get up and move about may slowly increase. The postoperative rehabilitationrehabilitationRestoration, following disease, illness, or injury, of the ability to function in a normal or near-normal mann... program normally begins the day of surgery. It consists of stretching exercises and normal gentle daily activities. The postoperative rehabilitation program is critical and it is important to follow the surgeon's instructions.
when will patients be able to move their shoulders?
Patients will be instructed in the active use of their arm for the gentle activities of daily living on the first postoperative day.
what do patients wear?
Patients should be able to wear regular clothes after surgery, i.e., a loose fitting, buttoned shirt and comfortable trousers/skirt. Women may find a bra uncomfortable in the early days. Patients will be instructed to wear the sling for a week or two after your surgery when they are out in public. It usually is not necessary to wear the sling at home.
will patients need to do anything special when they go home?
Patients will need to perform the special rehabilitation exercise program as directed by the surgeon.
when can patients return to work?
Patients may return to work when their surgeon gives the okay.
when can patients drive?
The surgeon will let the patient know when he or she can start driving again.
will patients have a scar?
Yes, there will be a scar, however, the formation of scars varies from patient to patient. The incisionincisionA cut or surgical wound. is usually only about three inches long.
how can patients protect their new shoulder?
- By following the surgeon‘s instructions.
- By staying healthy and physically active without straining your shoulder.
- By avoiding lifting, pushing or pulling heavy objects.
- By talking to the surgeon before starting any sport or activity that might affect the new shoulder.
how long will patients‘ new shoulders last?
Many factors affect the life of a typical shoulder implant, including:
- The patient‘s preoperative physical condition and activity level.
- The design and materials of the shoulder.
- The surgeon‘s skill in positioning the implants.
- The patient‘s willingness to undertake rehabilitation according to your surgeon‘s directions.
The patient and surgeon can discuss the patient‘s particular shoulder condition, the type of shoulder he or she will have, and postoperative lifestyle as all these factors will affect the performance of the shoulder implant.