Shoulder Replacement is a Safe, Reliable Operation That Can Provide Many Years of Excellent Pain Relief
If you’ve been told that you might need a shoulder replacement, then you likely have a serious shoulder condition like arthritis or a large rotator cuff tear.
When you first heard the term “shoulder replacement” the concept probably sounded pretty scary. And…
…you likely had a few questions:
- How much of my shoulder gets replaced?
- What is a replacement made of?
- Will I be able to move my arm after the operation?
- How long is the recovery?
- Do shoulder replacements work well?
- What will I be able to do after a shoulder replacement?
Getting a shoulder replacement is a big step and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Like hip replacement, shoulder replacement can provide many years of excellent pain relief.
But Shoulder Replacement is unique in many important ways that may make choosing a surgeon even more critical than you think.
Knee and hip replacements are very common. Many people have friends that have knee or hip replacements.
It’s often hard to find a friend who had a shoulder replacement.
Likewise it’s often hard to find a surgeon that performs a lot of shoulder replacements.
Many orthopedic surgeons do less than a handful of shoulder replacements per year. However, as an orthopedic shoulder surgeon, this is a routine procedure I perform.
Shoulder replacement can be technically challenging.
The success of a shoulder replacement hinges on many details:
- The right problem
- The correct choice of implant
- How well the surgeon repairs the tissues around the implant.
- How the surgeon aligns the implant
Not understanding the subtle nature of these details can lead to a poor result.
The rehabilitation after a shoulder replacement is important. If you get it wrong you might not be any better than before surgery.
If you are considering shoulder replacement, finding an experienced surgeon with proven results is important.
Hi, I’m Dr. DiPaola, I am a shoulder specialist with extensive experience in shoulder replacement.
I am a fellowship trained shoulder specialist. This means I spent an extra year beyond traditional five-year orthopedic surgeon training to specifically study the treatment of shoulder disorders. My training was at New York University Joint Disease considered a foremost leader in this field.
I have performed shoulder replacements routinely and use treatments with safe, proven methods focused on long term function and pain relief.
If you are considering shoulder replacement and looking to learn more about this operation please give me a call.
At your visit I will personally see you and:
- Listen to your unique needs and goals
- Review your imaging tests
- Perform a physical exam
- Fully explain your options including non-surgical approaches
- Answer your questions
- Get you on the road to recovery