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Shoulder Replacement: Surgery & Recovery

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Shoulder Replacement: Surgery & Recovery

Do you suffer from shoulder pain? Have you exhausted all forms of treatment such as physical therapy and injections? If you answered yes to these questions, you and your orthopedic surgeon should have a conversation about a total shoulder replacement.

As an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in shoulder and sports medicine injuries, Dr. Katy Morris works with you to get the relief you need. One way to accomplish this is through a total shoulder replacement.


What is a total shoulder replacement?

A total shoulder replacement is a surgery that replaces the damaged or arthritic bone with an artificial or prosthetic shoulder joint.

What conditions are treated with a total shoulder replacement?

  • Degenerative conditions, such as:
    • osteoarthritis
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • post-traumatic arthritis
  • Severe fractures, depending on the extent of the injury
  • Chronic irreparable rotator cuff tears

What happens to the shoulder that makes a total shoulder replacement necessary?

  • Pain caused by bone rubbing together because there is no longer cartilage to separate the humerus and glenoid bone.
  • The joint becomes stiff and the muscles weaken. This can make movement difficult and painful.

What is recovery like after total shoulder replacement surgery?

The recovery process for a total shoulder replacement takes time, patience and commitment from you and your family. Recovery is different for everyone but the shoulder is immobilized for 4 weeks and you will attend physical therapy for several weeks to gain back your range of motion and strength.

How do I know if total shoulder replacement is right for me?

If you do not respond to non-surgical treatments, then it may be time to consider a total shoulder joint replacement. Your orthopedic surgeon will talk with you about your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and evaluate x-rays and other tests such as an MRI to help you make the decision that is right for you.

At North Oaks Orthopedic Specialty Center, we do more to give our patients the quality of life that they deserve. To make an appointment, or for more information, call (985) 230-BONE [2663] or visit