Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder Replacement services offered in Burlingame, CA

If your shoulder joint is worn down, severely injured, weak, or painful, you might be a candidate for a shoulder replacement at Burlingame Orthopedics in Burlingame, California. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Richard Han, MD, and his exceptional team offer this surgery to restore your joint, strengthen it, and ease discomfort. Schedule an evaluation by phone or request one online today.

Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement is an orthopedic surgery that replaces damaged tissues in your shoulder joint with artificial parts. This procedure is sometimes needed if conservative treatments don’t reduce your discomfort.

Partial shoulder replacement replaces part of a damaged shoulder joint. Total shoulder replacement surgery replaces all parts of your natural shoulder joint with artificial parts. Reverse shoulder replacement (reverse implants vs. anatomical implants) is an option too.

Burlingame Orthopedics offers CT scan-guided shoulder replacement surgery to ensure the best accuracy and precision.

Who is a candidate for shoulder replacement?

You could be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery if you have severe or constant shoulder discomfort and other treatments haven’t eased your pain. You might have shoulder stiffness, weakness, and tenderness that diminish your quality of life.

Other reasons for shoulder replacement include age-related wear, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, fractures, and conditions that affect blood flow to your shoulder bones.

The Burlingame Orthopedics team discusses your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, treatment preferences, and goals to determine if the procedure is right for you. They examine your shoulder joint and could suggest X-rays, a CT scan, or another imaging procedure to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort.

What happens during shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Before shoulder joint replacement, follow your surgeon’s directions. They could ask you to avoid some medications and dietary supplements and eating and drinking the morning of your surgery. Burlingame Orthopedics offers general anesthesia with a nerve block to help you stay asleep and avoid pain during and after surgery.

During the 1-2 hour procedure, your surgeon uses CT scan guidance to make an incision, replace all or part of your shoulder joint with artificial pieces, ensure proper fit and function, and close the incisions. You rest in a recovery area before going home, typically on the same day as the surgery.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After shoulder joint replacement, you must immobilize your shoulder so that you can’t move it during healing.

Take medication as directed and follow up with the Burlingame Orthopedics team to ensure proper healing. Attend physical therapy sessions to maximize your results, including improved strength, increased range of motion, less pain, and a better quality of life.

Schedule a shoulder replacement consultation at Burlingame Orthopedics by phone or request one online today.