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Everything You Need to Know about Total-Shoulder Replacement

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Total-Shoulder Replacement

What to Expect if You're Getting Your Shoulder Replaced

Total shoulder replacement surgery removes portions of the shoulder to help increase a patient's range of motion. You might be wondering what to expect after a total shoulder replacement, so here are a few things you should know:

Recovery Can Take a Significant Period of Time

The recovery process after a total shoulder replacement can take as long as six months, but recovery time can vary. In some cases, it will only take around two to three months to fully recover. Here are a few factors that will influence how much time you need to completely recover from the side effects of your procedure:

  • Whether or not you are able to completely rest after the surgery is complete for a long enough period of time
  • The type of employment that you have
  • Whether or not you have any other obligations that will impact the how often you use your shoulder

  • Your Shoulder Is Likely to Regain Full Mobility


    If you give yourself enough time to recover, you should regain full mobility in your shoulder with little pain, if any. It will be important to get plenty of rest, follow the instructions from your doctor, and give your body time to heal. This will help to ensure that your recovery is swift and successful. Here are a few things that can help to ensure that you're able to regain full functionality of your shoulder joint:

  • Understand that there are multiple steps involved in a full shoulder replacement, and the entire joint complex will be replaced, giving you a brand-new, fully functional shoulder.
  • Make sure that you follow all instructions in regard to showering and changing dressings
  • If you have any questions about how to care for the incision, make sure you ask your doctor as soon as possible.

  • When it comes to total shoulder replacement, our orthopedic instruments and surgical supplies can handle the procedure. At Medical Device Store, we offer an array of new and reconditioned surgery products.