Shoulder replacement in Walterboro

The shoulder is a joint playing a key role in many functions. Because the shoulder is frequently in motion, shoulder conditions hindering function and mobility are common. Colleton Medical Center’s orthopedic surgeons use advanced surgical methods to help restore shoulder activity and ease pain associated with injuries and chronic diseases.

For more information about our orthopedic services, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse team at (843) 782-2525.

Signs you need shoulder replacement surgery

Shoulder injuries and diseases are common, primarily due to age or overuse. Repetition injuries can strain the shoulder, and chronic diseases (such as arthritis) can wear the joint down over time.

In many cases, your doctor can treat an injury or the symptoms of a chronic issue through nonsurgical methods, such as medication, lifestyle adjustments and physical therapy. In some cases, however, these measures won't fix the problem. When this happens, an orthopedic doctor may recommend surgery.

Other signs you may need a shoulder replacement include:

  • Damage to your shoulder caused by a chronic condition, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteonecrosis
  • Loss of motion or weakness in your shoulder
  • Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections don’t relieve pain well enough or fail to improve arm/shoulder function
  • Severe shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder joint damage caused by an injury or fracture
  • Symptoms severely affect your quality of life (for example, pain interferes with your ability to perform everyday activities and/or sleep)

Preparing for shoulder replacement surgery

To ensure you are ready for shoulder replacement surgery, your orthopedic team may perform:

  • A complete medical history assessment
  • A physical examination, including X-rays and other imaging services
  • Blood tests and other exams, as needed

Shoulder replacement surgery

During shoulder replacement surgery, surgeons replace the ends of the damaged upper arm bone (humerus) and usually the shoulder bone (scapula). Or, the surgeon caps them with artificial surfaces lined with plastic or metal and plastic. Shoulder joint components may be held in place with material allowing new bone to grow into the joint component over time.

Physical therapy for shoulder replacement

The goal of rehabilitation is to allow you to move your shoulder as far as possible. This helps ensure you can easily perform activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, cooking and driving. A physical therapist will begin gentle exercises on the day of surgery or the day after. These exercises are passive motion, meaning you relax and allow the therapist to move your arm.