Living in Florida provides abundant fair weather for all residents throughout the entire year. By way of good weather, adults are staying much more active as they age. In our sunshine state, older individuals are golfing, playing tennis, pickleball, kayaking, swimming and the list goes on and on; but with all of that healthy activity comes injury and wear and tear.
Whether you have had trauma to your shoulder from an accident, or have pain due to advanced arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or soft tissue and ligaments disorders, shoulder pain can be debilitating. If you have tried all of the pain medications, alternative methods, physical therapy and still are having difficulty with range-of-motion or impingements and discomfort, it may be time to speak to your orthopedic surgeon about shoulder replacement surgery, or otherwise known as shoulder arthroplasty.
Typical Shoulder Replacement Surgery
During the standard shoulder replacement procedure, the surgeon will cut off part of the top of your humerus bone, which is located in the joint of the shoulder. The Surgery consists of reshaping the shoulder joint and placing a metal stem (a few inches long) into the shaft of the humerus bone. A metal or plastic plate is then attached to the glenoid socket. These two connected devices will then take the place of the “ball and socket” in the upper shoulder area. Over time, the new joint replacement will allow the shoulder to move more freely and to be free from the excruciating pain that the individual was accustomed to on a daily basis.
Enhanced Shoulder Replacement Surgery
At the Advanced Orthopedic Institute, they have implemented a new procedure, which is an innovative shoulder replacement procedure that is recommended for certain patients that have more of an active lifestyle. This new shoulder system is stemless and allows for more natural movement.
The surgical method that your surgeon suggests will be based upon your condition and the overall health of the bones and joint in the shoulder. The determination will support your best-case scenario and preeminent outcome.
Shoulder Arthroplasty Recovery
After your surgery, your initial recovery time usually takes about six weeks, but full recovery can take a few months up to a year. Many patients report feeling no pain, and also having an increased range-of-motion very soon after surgery. Your surgeon will also provide you with an exercise and stretching program, along with physical therapy for an allotted period of time.
Advanced Orthopedic Institute (AOI) handles all aspects of orthopedics, with specialization in total joint replacement. Dr. Alfred J. Cook, Jr., specializes in sports medicine, including shoulder surgery and replacement, rotator cuff repairs, knee procedures and arthroscopy. Dr. John T. Williams, Jr., is a total joint replacement surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements and revisions.
Both doctors also use early intervention treatments for arthritis.
To find out more about stemless arthroplasty, or your other orthopedic needs, please call Advanced Orthopedic Institute at (352) 751-2862
Advanced Orthopedic Institute
1400 N US HIGHWAY 441
SHARON MORSE MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING, SUITE 552
THE VILLAGES, FL 32159-8975