Your shoulders are the most flexible joints in your body, and you want to maintain that flexibility and range of motion as much as possible. The shoulder enables you to do so many things, from golfing to playing tennis to driving a car to just getting dressed.
If you are enduring chronic shoulder pain, it is probably interfering with showering, buying groceries, or playing with your dog. Shoulder pain also tends to interfere with your ability to sleep, as you cannot find a sleeping position in which your shoulder does not feel like it’s being pulled or in constant pain.
Yes. You want your old shoulder function back, and you want relief. If conservative treatment methods such as the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the shoulder), wearing a brace, and physical therapy have not worked, your orthopedic doctor may recommend that you have shoulder replacement surgery. Let’s take a look at how this treatment works to provide lasting relief from your shoulder pain.
Why Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Today’s shoulder replacement surgery provides the following benefits:
Repairing Damage to the Shoulder Joint
Your orthopedic surgeon will recommend shoulder replacement surgery only if there is considerable damage to your shoulder joint and supporting structures. In the operation, the surgeon will remove the damaged tissues and replace them with prosthetic materials – so your new shoulder will work very much like your original shoulder did. You should feel no pain or very little pain after you have fully recovered from the surgery.
Shoulder Surgery Is Now Minimally Invasive
Shoulder replacement surgery may now be performed as a minimally invasive operation. It requires only tiny incisions thanks to the tiny instruments used by the surgeon.
Because the incisions are so small, there is less bleeding during surgery, lower risk of infection, and smaller scars as compared to traditional open surgery. This revolutionary procedure also requires minimal disturbance to the surrounding tissues.
Recover More Quickly than Ever Before
Another benefit of the smaller incisions is that there is less healing required, and thereby a shorter recovery time. Many patients who undergo minimally invasive shoulder replacement surgery often wonder why they didn’t do it sooner, because they are able to do the things they enjoy and do not suffer the shoulder pain anymore.
Orthopedic Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Delray Beach
If your shoulder is giving you problems and constant pain, our team of orthopedic specialists at South Palm Orthopedics is here to effectively resolve your problem using our specialized knowledge and years of training and experience. We specialize in evaluating and diagnosing issues involving the shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist, and we can treat a broad spectrum of upper-extremity disorders.
Our medical team is headed by an orthopedic surgeon who is a leading expert in upper-extremity disorders, Dr. Steve Meadows. Our office is conveniently located in Delray Beach on Linton Boulevard near Military Trail.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Meadows, call South Palm Orthopedics today at (561) 496-6622 or fill out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you get back to the active lifestyle you enjoy.