What to Expect with Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder Replacement surgery at our private centres in Canada involves removing damaged portions of the shoulder and replacing the bony surfaces with man-made prosthetic implants. The surgery repositions the shoulder into proper alignment and replicates the original function, allowing for a near normal range of motion for the patient.
Our surgeon will be able to discuss the recommended technique and prosthetic to suit your needs. During a consultation, we will review the procedure including the risks, benefits, recovery, and life after the procedure. It is important to remember that Shoulder Replacement is still major surgery. Please keep in mind that setbacks and complications can still happen and there is always going to be post-operative pain and swelling. It is important to remember that everyone reacts differently to surgery and anaesthetic, but in our experience, the techniques and protocols used by our surgeons and anaesthetists allow for faster rehabilitation to get you back to your old self.
What is this procedure for and how will it alleviate my symptoms?
Shoulder Replacement Surgery is available to patients who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or other chronic degenerative changes of the shoulder as a result of fracture or overuse. Shoulder replacement surgery is very successful for pain relief and will improve range of motion and function. The degree of improvement depends on the individual patient’s pre-surgical status but the risks and benefits will be discussed during your consultation with the surgeon.
How should I prepare for my consultation and surgery?
The first step is to have an MRI of your affected shoulder. This can be arranged by your family physician. Prepare your questions for the surgeon to answer during your consultation. Your surgeon may suggest that you lose weight and initiate an exercise program to achieve the most successful recovery. Smoking can significantly affect the healing process. If you smoke, be sure to speak with your surgeon about it, as smoking can dangerously increase surgical risks and slow down the healing process.
How do I qualify for this procedure?
All patients are required to complete a Pre-Surgical Patient Questionnaire to provide us with your basic medical history. We also request your most recent MRI images. Should these confirm you are a suitable patient for the procedure and our facility we will request a History and Physical Form be completed along with bloodwork and ECG via your family doctor.