Total Shoulder Replacement Specialist

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Total Shoulder Replacement services offered in Porterville, Reedley and Visalia, CA

Shoulder injuries can be debilitating and prevent you from completing routine tasks, but the exceptional Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team in Visalia, Reedley, and Porterville, California, is here for you. The experienced orthopaedic surgeons offer total shoulder replacement using cutting-edge technology and high-quality implants. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today. 

What is total shoulder replacement surgery?

Total shoulder replacement surgery replaces all of your shoulder joint with artificial parts. It can restore a shoulder that’s severely injured, worn down due to age, or has tissue damage associated with arthritis. The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services use cutting-edge technology and treatments to maximize your results.

Why might I need a total shoulder replacement?

You may need total shoulder replacement because of joint damage associated with:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe shoulder injury
  • Ongoing or severe shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries

Sometimes shoulder pain goes away with home remedies or other conservative treatments. However, surgery is sometimes the best option to restore a joint’s structure and function, thereby reducing pain.

What are the different types of shoulder replacement?

The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services offer traditional total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement, and partial shoulder replacement (replacing just some of the affected joint).

Traditional total shoulder replacement uses implants that resemble your shoulder joint’s original structure; reverse total shoulder replacement reverses the implant parts. Your surgeon attaches the ball of the joint to your shoulder blade and the socket to your upper arm.

Is total shoulder replacement right for me?

The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team discusses your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history to determine if you're a candidate for total shoulder replacement surgery. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and could recommend blood tests, X-rays, or a CT scan.

How should I prepare for shoulder replacement surgery?

To get ready for surgery, follow your surgeon’s instructions. Don’t smoke, stop taking certain medications if your specialist asks you to, and arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery. Avoid foods and drinks the morning of the procedure as directed.

What should I expect during a total shoulder replacement?

Before total shoulder replacement, you receive anesthesia to numb the treatment area and help you fall asleep.

Your surgeon makes an incision in your shoulder joint, removes damaged or diseased tissues, and replaces them with artificial parts before closing the incision. Shoulder replacement surgery may take 1-2 hours, but every patient is different.

What happens after a total shoulder replacement?

After shoulder replacement surgery, rest in a recovery area while your providers monitor you. You may be able to go home the same day, but you must have a family member or friend drive you there and stay with you.

Take medications as directed, wear a sling for some time, and rest your shoulder joint. Begin physical therapy sessions when asked to and attend follow-up visits with the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services. 

Complete healing could take up to six months or longer. Avoid vigorous exercise or heavy lifting until your surgeon gives you the OK.

To find out if a total shoulder replacement is right for you, call the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services office or schedule an appointment online today.