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Total Shoulder Replacement

If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, it may be time to consider a total shoulder replacement. This type of surgery is used to replace the entire shoulder joint. It is a common procedure that can provide relief from pain and improve mobility. In this blog post, we will discuss Total Shoulder Replacement surgery in detail. We will cover everything from what to expect during the procedure to how to recover afterward. If you are considering Total Shoulder Replacement surgery, keep reading.

The Procedure for Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that is made up of the humerus (upper arm bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). The head of the humerus fits into a shallow socket on the scapula, and the joint is held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Over time, this joint can become worn down by arthritis or other conditions, causing pain and loss of mobility.

A total shoulder replacement is a surgery that replaces the damaged parts of the shoulder with artificial ones.

The procedure begins with an incision being made in the front of the shoulder. The muscles are then detached from the bone, exposing the joint. The damaged socket and upper part of the arm bone are removed and replaced with metal (usually a titanium or a cobalt-chrome alloy). 

Surgery is performed at Prime Surgical Suites on an outpatient basis, which means you will be able to go home the same day.

Recovery From Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

It is important to follow the rehabilitation protocol provided by your surgeon to ensure a successful outcome following your outpatient total shoulder replacement surgery.

The first few days following surgery, you will likely experience some discomfort and soreness. Your arm will be placed in a sling to protect the new joint.

You will be given pain medication to help manage any discomfort. It is important to take only the recommended amount of pain medication as directed by your surgeon. You should also avoid drinking alcohol while taking pain medication.

Physical therapy will be an essential part of your rehabilitation, and you will likely have several appointments. The therapist will help you regain strength and range of motion in your shoulder. They will also teach you exercises that you can do at home to continue your progress.

Most people can return to their normal activities within a few months; however, it is important to listen to your body and not overdo it. Shoulder replacement surgery is a major procedure, and it is important to allow yourself adequate recovery time.

How to Prepare for Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Outpatient total shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure that can be performed safely in an outpatient setting. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the surgery and help ensure a successful recovery.

First, it is important to have a complete pre-operative evaluation by your surgeon. This will help to identify any potential problems that could complicate the surgery or recovery.

Second, follow all of your surgeon's pre-operative instructions. This may include discontinuing certain medications, quitting smoking, and avoiding eating or drinking for some time before surgery.

Finally, make sure you have someone who can drive you home after the surgery and keep an eye on you for at least the first 24 hours. By taking these steps, you can help ensure a successful outcome from your outpatient total shoulder replacement surgery.

Outpatient Shoulder Surgery at Prime Surgical Suites

At Prime Surgical Suites, we offer state-of-the-art outpatient shoulder surgery. Our brand new facility is equipped with the latest technology, and our elite surgeons are ready to help you.

Our surgeons perform a variety of shoulder surgeries, including rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacement, and shoulder arthroscopy.

We are committed to providing the best possible care to our patients, and we are ready to help you get back to your life. 


At Prime Surgical Suites, we provide state-of-the-art, cost-effective musculoskeletal surgical care in a convenient and comfortable outpatient setting for patients of all ages. Located in RiverCrest Medical Park, we are the region's first outpatient center focused exclusively on orthopedics. Our physician-led center will help restore your active lifestyle and well-being with compassion and orthopedic excellence.