Shoulder Articles

Caring For A Loved One After Replacement Surgery

Caring For A Loved One After Replacement Surgery

Jun 14, 2015

Caregivers play an essential role in the lives of people having joint replacement surgery. As a caregiver, you can facilitate conversations with the doctor, help make decisions, and lend a hand during the recuperation period. Because caring for someone who has had joint replacement surgery can be taxing on you, it’s important that you don’t forget to take care of yourself during this time, too.

Day Of Shoulder Implant Surgery: A Timeline

Jun 14, 2015

Shoulder replacement surgery is the same idea as having worn parts taken out, and new parts installed in their places. In shoulder surgery, the damaged portions of the shoulder bones are removed, and the shoulder is replaced with metal and plastic implants. Here's what you can expect on a typical day of shoulder surgery:

How Can I Help My Replacement Shoulder Last?

How Can I Help My Replacement Shoulder Last?

Jun 14, 2015

The longevity of prosthetic shoulders varies from patient to patient. It depends on many factors, including your physical condition and activity level, as well as the accuracy of the implant placement during surgery. It is useful to keep in mind that a prosthetic shoulder joint is not as strong or durable as a natural, healthy shoulder joint, and there is no guarantee that your shoulder replacement will last the rest of your life.

How Do I Know If I Need Shoulder Surgery?

How Do I Know If I Need Shoulder Surgery?

Jun 14, 2015

That's a question you and your doctor will have to answer together. But when shoulder pain interferes with the things you want or need to do, the time may be right.

How Is Shoulder Surgery Performed?

How Is Shoulder Surgery Performed?

Jun 14, 2015

Shoulder replacement surgery is the same idea as having worn parts taken out, and new parts installed in their places. In shoulder surgery, the damaged portions of the shoulder bones are removed, and the shoulder is replaced with metal and plastic implants. Here's what you can expect on a typical day of shoulder surgery:

How Much Does Shoulder Replacement Surgery Cost?

Jun 14, 2015

The cost of a total shoulder implant varies, depending on the type of implant used. Generally, the hospital purchases the implant and includes it as part of the total cost for the surgery. The ultimate cost for shoulder replacement surgery is specific to the hospital where the surgery is performed. Please contact the hospital accounting office to get an estimate of the charges for surgery.

Making Your Home 'Recovery Ready'

Jun 14, 2015

A little time spent getting your home ready before your surgery can make a big difference in your recovery. Here are some helpful hints for around the house:

Managing Your Own Stress While Caring For Another

Managing Your Own Stress While Caring For Another

Jun 14, 2015

Caregiver stress is a daily fact of life for many caregivers. Caregiving often takes a great deal of time, effort, and work. Many caregivers struggle to balance their lives including full-time jobs and caring for children.1

Preparing For Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Jun 14, 2015

If you and your surgeon decide that total shoulder replacement is right for you, a date will be scheduled for your surgery. Several things may be necessary to prepare for surgery. For example, your surgeon might ask you to have a physical examination by your primary care physician. This will help to ensure that other health problems you may have, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, will be identified and treated before surgery.

Questions To Ask Before Shoulder Surgery

Jun 14, 2015

Here's a list of questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor before your shoulder surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it with you on your appointment.

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