No matter what your specific joint problem, the Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville staff specializes in diagnosing and treating joint pain. We understand that as a last resort, total joint replacement may be essential in relieving pain and improving your quality of life.
Total shoulder joint replacement is not nearly as common as knee or hip replacement but is sometimes necessary to help relieve pain from such ailments as arthritis, a rotator cuff injury or even a severe fracture. The treatment options are either replacement of the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).
Preparing for your procedure requires extensive medical evaluation and even changes in your home that are essential to a smooth recovery process. We recommend wearing loose fitting clothes and asking your doctor or anesthesiologist about the stipulations of eating and drinking prior to any operation.
Replacing the shoulder joint with a prosthetic device usually takes about two hours. After surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room, where you will remain for several hours. Your doctor or nurse will prescribe medication to help with pain management, and you will be paired with one of our physical therapists to assist in the recovery process.
Getting Treated at OAZ
If you are having persistent shoulder problems, the physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, can help find the right approach for your individual needs.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.