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Shoulder Joint Replacement in Ludhiana Punjab

Mittal Nursing Home offers advanced treatment for various shoulder disorders, and in fact houses a dedicated Shoulder Surgery.

Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. Usually, the ball at the top of your upper arm (humerus) moves smoothly in the socket of your shoulder blade (scapula) on a lining of cartilage. The cartilage prevents the bones from rubbing together. If your cartilage is damaged by injury or worn away by arthritis, it can make your joint painful and stiff.

A new shoulder joint can help to improve your mobility and reduce pain. Artificial shoulder parts are usually made of metal, plastic, ceramic or a combination of these.

Similar to other joint replacement procedures, shoulder replacement surgery is generally done to address persistent pain that is not controlled by non-surgical therapy. Less commonly, poor shoulder motion may also be a reason for replacement surgery.

Shoulder Resurfacing

This advanced technique is an excellent alternative to total shoulder replacement surgery. Unlike replacement, this option involves removal of practically no bone and is bone conserving. Naturally there is much less tissue damage and rehabilitation is faster and better. The reconstitution of the arthritic shoulder joint is much closer to normal after this operation. This is difficult to achieve with replacement surgery. Hence results of resurfacing are much better in terms of range of movement and function. Since small implants are used with less bone removal, it is easy to revise if ever required.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hip Resurfacing

  • What are the main symptoms to detect Shoulder Replacement?
  • Patients with arthritis typically describe a deep ache within the shoulder joint. Initially, the pain feels worse with movement and activity, and eases with rest. As the arthritis progresses, the pain may occur even when you rest. By the time a patient sees a physician for the shoulder pain, he or she often has pain at night. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night's sleep. The patient's shoulder may make grinding or grating noises when moved. Or the shoulder may catch, grab, clunk or lock up. Over time, the patient may notice loss of motion and/or weakness in the affected shoulder. Simple daily activities like reaching into a cupboard, dressing, toileting and washing the opposite armpit may become increasingly difficult.

  • How do I know if I am ready for shoulder replacement surgery?
  • Patients who have tried the usual treatments for shoulder arthritis, but have not been able to find adequate relief, may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. Patients considering the procedure should understand the potential risks of surgery, and understand that the goal of joint replacement is to alleviate pain. Patients generally find improved motion after surgery, but these improvements are not as consistent as the pain relief following shoulder replacement surgery.

  • How long is the recovery following shoulder replacement surgery?
  • Hospital stays vary from one to three days for most patients. You will be sent home wearing a sling and you should not attempt to use the arm except as specifically instructed by your doctor.

    Most physicians will begin some motion immediately following surgery, but this may not be true in every case. Usually within two to three months, patients are able to return to most normal activities and place an emphasis on strengthening the muscles around the shoulder and maintaining range of motion.

  • What are the symptoms of severe arthritis of the shoulder?
  • Common symptoms of shoulder arthritis include Pain with activities, Limited range of motion, Stiffness of the shoulder, Swelling of the joint, Tenderness around the joint, A feeling of grinding or catching within the joint.

  • Can rehabilitation be done at home?
  • In general the exercises are best performed by the patient at home? Occasional visits to the surgeon or therapist may be useful to check the progress and to review the program.

  • When can I return to ordinary daily activities?
  • In general, patients are able to perform gentle activities of daily living using the operated arm from two to six weeks after surgery. Walking is strongly encouraged. Driving should wait until the patient can perform the necessary functions comfortably and confidently. Recovery of driving ability may take six weeks if the surgery has been performed on the right shoulder, because of the increased demands on the right shoulder for shifting gears.

With the consent of their surgeon, patients can often return to activities such as swimming, golf and tennis at six months after their surgery.

There are several different types of shoulder replacement surgeries.

  • A partial shoulder replacement surgery (also known as hemiarthroplasty) – part of your shoulder joint is replaced, usually at the top of your upper arm.
  • A total shoulder replacement surgery (also known as a shoulder arthroplasty) – an artificial ball is attached to the top of your upper arm and an artificial socket is attached to your shoulder blade.
  • Reverse shoulder replacement suregery – an artificial ball is attached to your shoulder blade and an artifical socket is fitted to the top of your upper arm.

An artificial shoulder joint will usually last for at least 10 years, after which it may need to be replaced.

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