• Dr. Sunil Dachepalli

Shoulder Replacement

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In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components.

Types of shoulder replacement:

1.Total shoulder replacement:

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X-Ray showing shoulder replacement

In this the surgeon will replace the arthritic shoulder with a metal ball and socket.

2.Reverse shoulder replacement:

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X-Ray showing reverse shoulder replacement

In this the surgeon will replace the arthritic shoulder with a ball and socket which are placed in a reverse fashion. It is indicated in chronic rotator cuff injuries (old muscle tears).

Anaesthesia:

Shoulder replacement is done under general anaesthesia or nerve block.

Recovery:

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Picture showing shoulder immobiliser

After surgery the operated arm is immobilized in a shoulder immobiliser, for a period of four weeks and gradually mobilised in the presence of physiotherapist.

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