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Is shoulder replacement surgery effective?

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Posted on Thu, 13 Nov 2014
Question: Would it be worth trying a shoulder replacement surgery at this point? Could he possibly get more mobility and function back? Would it possibly ease his pain? He works at a desk job on the computer all day and we have a very active 16 year old son that he would line to be able to do more things with again.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You can consider shoulder replacement surgery

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for your query.

From description it seems that your husband might develop secondary osteoarthritis of shoulder joint. As pain is severe and persist even after long physical therapy,you can consider shoulder replacement surgery at this point. He would be able to get more mobility and function back and it would ease his pain as well.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saurabh Gupta (42 minutes later)
What is the recovery time for a shoulder replacement? His upper Humerus was also fractured and has pins in it. would this negatively impact the replacement surgery?
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Return to desk work within 2-3 weeks

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your query again.

He can usually return to desk work within 2-3 weeks from the time of surgery. Heavier work is forbidden for four months or more. Fractured humerus would not negatively impact the replacement surgery. During replacement, removal of pins might be required.

Warm regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: You can consider shoulder replacement surgery Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. From description it seems that your husband might develop secondary osteoarthritis of shoulder joint. As pain is severe and persist even after long physical therapy,you can consider shoulder replacement surgery at this point. He would be able to get more mobility and function back and it would ease his pain as well. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care