Orthopaedics: The Charles J August Joint Replacement Center

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Joint Replacement Basics


What is Shoulder Replacement?
Who Should Have a Shoulder Replacement?
Is there an Alternative to Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
How Long is the Hospital Stay?
How Long is Recuperation?
Will I Need a Blood Transfusion?
What is the Success Rate?
Are There Complications?
What About Pain?

What is Shoulder Replacement?
In a total shoulder replacement operation, the surgeon replaces the worn surfaces of the shoulder joint with an artificial shoulder joint. The worn head of the humerus is replaced with a metal ball mounted on a stem; the stem is placed firmly into the canal of the humerus bone at its upper end. The glenoid (shoulder socket) is prepared and implanted with a metal cup and plastic. The two components glide together to replicate the shoulder joint.

Who should have a shoulder replacement?
Total shoulder replacement is often reserved for patients who:
•Have a painful, disabling joint disease of the shoulder resulting from a severe form of arthritis
•Are not likely to achieve satisfactory results from less invasive procedures, such as arthroscopy
•Have had previous surgeries that did not relieve their symptoms

Is There an Alternative to Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Shoulder replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. It is not likely that anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections will give you the same long-term relief that shoulder replacement will.
How long is the hospital stay?
The average hospital stay for a shoulder replacement patient is around 1-2 days. A small percentage of patients need to go to a rehab center in a nursing home after their hospital stay. This will depend on how you progress in the hospital, and keep in mind that healing and recovery times vary with each person.
How Long is Recuperation?
Recovery varies with each person. You can drive a car in 4 weeks. Most people gradually increase their activities per their surgeon’s recommendation.

Will I Need a Blood Transfusion?
 The majority of shoulder replacement patients do not require a transfusion after surgery.
What is the Success Rate?
 Shoulder replacement surgery is recognized as a miracle of modern surgery. Most orthopaedic experts consider shoulder replacement to be the best method of handling arthritis in the shoulder.

Are There Complications?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications after shoulder replacement surgery. However, they are quite rare driving on an Interstate highway is probably more dangerous. To reduce the risk of infection, we take special precautionary measures in the operating room, and use powerful antibiotics. Our personnel are limited to fully trained and experienced nurses and technicians.  

  What About Pain?
Thanks to advances in medication technology, we are able to keep you very comfortable after surgery. After surgery, any temporary discomfort does not compare to the pain of arthritis endured by most people in months and years before surgery.
And because shoulder replacement patients are not "sick," you will not be treated as such. You will wear casual clothing after surgery, not hospital gowns.
Our team earned The Joint commission's Gold Seal of Approval.
Unity Health The Charles J August Joint Replacement Center
1555 Long Pond Road   |   Rochester, NY 14626
(585) 368-4545