Shoulder replacement is performed in the hospital by an experienced, specialized surgical team. The procedure generally takes 1-3 hours, and a hospital stay of 1-3 days can be expected.
Most people are able to return to normal everyday activities such as dressing themselves and grooming within the first two weeks after successful shoulder replacement surgery. Your physician will let you know when it is safe to drive and perform other tasks.
Total recovery time is approximately 3-6 months, and physical therapy is required to gain range of motion with the new joint.
As with any surgery, success will depend on your age, activity level and other factors. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery, and can help you understand what to expect from the procedure and your recovery.
If you are considering shoulder joint replacement, you probably have many questions about preparing for surgery, the surgical procedure, the recovery, and your long-term outcome. You should consult with your shoulder specialist about what to expect before and after surgery based on your specific condition. Some common concerns and questions from patients are listed here. Also visit the Questions & Answers section of this Web site for more information.
Pick up any throw rugs or other items that my be easily tripped over.
Arrange items that you will use regularly so they are within low reach (telephone, radio, TV remote, bathing items, plates and drinking glasses, medications, etc.). Many of these items may already be in appropriate locations depending on your lack of shoulder mobility before surgery. Prepare and freeze a few weeks worth of meals that can be easily re-heated.