Total Shoulder Replacement
Total shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure where the worn-out surfaces
of the shoulder are resurfaced with metal and plastic components. Over
time, the cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away and cause stiffness,
pain and discomfort.
This affects your ability to perform basic activities of daily living.
Shoulder replacement can reduce or eliminate pain, improve strength and
range of motion, and get you back to a normal life.
Who is a candidate?
Shoulder replacement surgery may be considered for those suffering from
arthritic shoulder pain that severely limits activities of daily living.
Surgery is only recommended after careful examination and diagnosis of
your particular joint problem and only after more conservative measures
has proven ineffective.
What kind of shoulder implant is best?
There are many shoulder implants available, and no one design or type is
best for every patient. Each surgeon selects the implant he or she believes
is best for each patient based on a number of factors, including age and
activity level. If you have specific questions regarding implants, your
surgeon will be happy to answer them.
How long will I be at Alvarado Hospital?
With improvements in surgical techniques and postoperative care, it is
common for many patients to be discharged after two or three days. Each
patient is different, but the goal is for you to recover in the comfort
and privacy of your own home as soon as possible.
How long is the recovery period?
This can vary from person to person, but most people will need to use a
sling for four to six weeks. Driving may be possible within six weeks,
when full shoulder movement is regained. Usually there are lifting restrictions
for six months. Most people will be able to go straight home from the
hospital, though some patients, particularly those living alone, may need
to spend a few days at a rehabilitation center or nursing home. Keep in
mind that healing and recovery times can vary. For a list of risks,
Why choose the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital?
If you want to combine a healing environment with the latest advances in
joint replacement, look no further than the brand-new Advanced Spine &
Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital. Our healing-designed unit reflects
San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks. Plus, no hospital
gowns for this crowd! Paitents wear comfortable clothes home home.
Equally important, our patient safety and clinical excellence have been
nationally recognized by
- Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (2014-2016)
- Patient Safety Excellence Award (2015-2016)
America's 100 Best Hospitals™ for Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery (2014-2016)
To learn more, take an
online video tour of the unit and find an orthopedic specialist, visit our website or call
our joint care coordinators at (619) 229-4548. Call more information about
the program, call us 24/7 at (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723).
Physician Referral and More Information
Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find a orthopedic
specialist who meets your needs. To find a specialist affiliated with
our program, click here, or call one of our helpful representatives at
(800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723). You can also contact our joint care coordinators
by calling (619) 229-4548 and 229-4569 or
Alvarado Advantage Club
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incluidng VIP parking at the hospital, free newspaper delivery with breakfast
if hospitalized, welcome gift, free cup of gourment coffee for your "coach,"
hotel discounts and more!
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