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Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Dubai at Emirates Hospitals Group. Our Department of Orthopedics is widely recognized as the foremost center for orthopedic care in the region, offering advanced surgical solutions to enhance patient well-being. We are is proud to host the best orthopedic surgeons in Dubai, who are British and German Board Certified.  Our Shoulder Replacement Surgery Program is a transformative procedure aimed at restoring mobility and alleviating pain in the shoulder joint. If conservative treatments haven’t provided relief, shoulder replacement surgery might be a viable option to restore pain-free movement and function in your shoulder.

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Shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure that involves replacing the damaged joint surfaces in your shoulder with artificial implants. The specific type of replacement used depends on the extent and location of the damage. Here’s a general overview of the procedure:

  1. Anesthesia and Positioning: You’ll receive general anesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the surgery. The surgeon positions you strategically to allow optimal access to the shoulder joint.
  2. Incision and Exposure: A strategic incision is made to access the shoulder joint, minimizing damage to surrounding muscles and tissues.
  3. Joint Evaluation and Preparation: The surgeon meticulously assesses the extent of damage to the joint surfaces and surrounding structures. Damaged cartilage and bone are carefully removed to prepare for implant placement.
  4. Implant Selection and Positioning: Based on the evaluation, the surgeon chooses the most suitable implant type and size. The implant components, usually made of metal and plastic, are meticulously positioned to replicate a healthy joint and restore proper mechanics.
  5. Closure and Stabilization: The surrounding tissues are carefully repaired, and the incision is closed.

Symptoms Indicating Potential Need for Surgery

Several signs might indicate that shoulder replacement surgery could be the solution for your chronic shoulder pain. If you experience any of the following, consult your doctor:

  • Persistent Pain: Constant or severe pain in your shoulder, especially at night or with any movement, can significantly impact daily activities.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty raising your arm above your head, reaching behind your back, or performing basic activities due to stiffness in the shoulder joint.
  • Weakness: A significant decrease in strength and stability in your shoulder, making it difficult to lift objects or perform simple movements.
  • Disruptions in Sleep: Pain that interferes with your sleep, significantly impacting your overall well-being.
  • Failed Conservative Treatments: If physical therapy, medication, or injections haven’t provided adequate pain relief or improved mobility.

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Diagnosis: Confirming the Need for Surgery

A comprehensive evaluation by one of our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons is crucial to determine if shoulder replacement surgery is the most suitable course of action. The evaluation typically involves:

  • Detailed Medical History: A discussion about your symptoms, duration, limitations they cause, and any previous injuries or surgeries on your shoulder.
  • Physical Examination: The surgeon meticulously examines your shoulder for swelling, tenderness, range of motion, strength, and any creaking or popping sounds during movement.
  • Imaging Tests: X-rays provide a clear picture of bone alignment and damage to the joint surfaces. MRI scans reveal the extent of soft tissue damage and any rotator cuff tears.

Based on the evaluation findings, your surgeon will discuss the potential benefits and risks of shoulder replacement surgery compared to other treatment options.

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Recovery Process and Protocols

Following shoulder replacement surgery, a dedicated team will guide you through a comprehensive recovery process:

  • Pain Management: Effective pain control medication and techniques like ice therapy and electrical stimulation will be utilized to manage post-surgical discomfort.
  • Physical Therapy: A crucial part of recovery, physical therapy focuses on:
    • Gentle exercises to promote blood flow, reduce swelling, and prevent stiffness.
    • Gradual strengthening exercises to rebuild muscle strength and support the new joint.
    • Range-of-motion exercises to improve flexibility and regain a wider range of motion.
  • Sling Use: You might be advised to wear a sling for a short period to provide support and stability to the healing joint.
  • Hospital Stay: Depending on the complexity of the surgery, your hospital stay may range from 1-3 days.
  • Home Care: You will be discharged with detailed instructions on wound care, pain management, medications, and specific exercises to perform at home.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon and physical therapist are essential to monitor progress, ensure proper healing, and adjust the rehabilitation program as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shoulder replacement surgery, or shoulder arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure where damaged parts of the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial components. This procedure is aimed at relieving pain and improving shoulder function.

Candidates for shoulder replacement surgery typically have severe shoulder pain, limited mobility, and stiffness due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or traumatic injury that have not responded to conservative treatments.

There are several types of shoulder replacement surgeries, including total shoulder replacement (replacing both the ball and socket), partial shoulder replacement (only replacing the ball), and reverse shoulder replacement (reversing the socket and ball components). The choice depends on the patient’s specific condition and the surgeon’s recommendation.

Recovery involves a period of hospitalization for monitoring and initial rehabilitation, followed by several weeks of physical therapy to regain strength, range of motion, and shoulder function. Full recovery and return to normal activities can take several months, varying by individual and the type of surgery performed.

Last update date: 25-06-2024

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