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Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

A torn rotator cuff or severe arthritis might make you a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. At their offices in Indianola, Clive, and Ankeny, Iowa, the orthopedic specialists at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC offer comprehensive consultations to determine if a shoulder replacement is right for you. Learn more about the benefits of a shoulder replacement by requesting an appointment online or by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you today.

Shoulder Replacement Q&A

Why would I need a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement surgery treats chronic pain and dysfunction in your shoulder joint. The goal of a shoulder replacement is to remove part or all of your shoulder joint and replace it with an artificial device.

You may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery if you have an underlying condition, like arthritis, that interferes with your shoulder mobility. Your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC may also recommend shoulder replacement if you can’t find relief from pain or joint dysfunction because of:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Severe fracture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Severe rotator cuff tear
  • Previous failed shoulder surgery

To determine if shoulder replacement surgery is right for you, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider carefully reviews your medical history and evaluates the health of your shoulder joint. 

They may initially recommend physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, and pain relievers to address shoulder pain before suggesting surgery.

What happens during a shoulder replacement?

Your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC surgeon may opt to perform a total, partial, or reverse shoulder surgery.

Total shoulder replacement

A total shoulder replacement involves replacing all parts of your shoulder joint with an artificial joint that includes a metal ball and plastic socket. These parts function just like your natural shoulder joint and provide you with a wide range of motion.

Partial shoulder replacement

In a partial shoulder replacement, your surgeon focuses on replacing only certain parts of the joint, such as the ball or the socket. During this procedure, your provider may also resurface the remaining parts of your joint to ensure they glide smoothly with your movements.

Reverse shoulder surgery

A reverse shoulder replacement also involves inserting an artificial device. However, when replacing the joint, your surgeon switches the position of the ball and socket. This type of surgery is primarily beneficial for those with a completely torn rotator cuff or those who had a failed shoulder surgery in the past.

How long does it take to recover from shoulder surgery?

After your discharge from the hospital following your surgery, you can expect to wear a sling to immobilize your shoulder joint for up to four weeks.

Soon after your procedure, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider will get you started on gentle physical therapy to help you regain function in your joint.

Everyone heals differently from shoulder replacement surgery, and it can take several months for you to have full function in your shoulder.

To find out if you’re a candidate for a shoulder replacement, call the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or request an evaluation through the online booking system today.