Shoulder replacement surgery is not exclusive to athletes. While athletes may undergo shoulder replacement due to sports-related injuries, shoulder replacement is performed on individuals from various backgrounds who experience chronic shoulder pain, joint damage, arthritis, or other shoulder conditions that significantly affect their daily activities and quality of life.

The procedure aims to relieve pain, restore function, and improve mobility, and we have prepared five questions you can use when meeting with an orthopedic surgeon and discussing your shoulder replacement options:

  • What are the potential benefits and outcomes I can expect from shoulder replacement surgery?
  • What are the potential risks and complications associated with this procedure?
  • How long is the typical recovery period, and what can I do to optimize my recovery?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used during the surgery, and what are the associated risks and side effects?
  • What type of implants or prostheses will be used in my shoulder replacement, and how do they differ in terms of durability and functionality?

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