If you’ve lost mobility in your shoulder due to severe arthritis or an injury, you may be a good candidate for a shoulder replacement. J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA, is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who offers comprehensive shoulder replacement evaluations at his offices in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Bennett uses the latest surgical techniques to replace your shoulder joint and restore its function. Find out if you’re a suitable candidate for shoulder replacement by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an evaluation with Dr. Bennett online today.
Your shoulder is made up of a socket joint that is kept in place by your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The head of your humerus bone fits into the socket, which allows it to glide in a variety of ways, giving you a wide range of motion in your shoulder.
You may need a shoulder replacement if the joint has been damaged by chronic arthritis or direct trauma from an injury. These types of damage can result in persistent pain, loss of mobility, and limited range of motion.
In many cases, Dr. Bennett tries conservative treatments, like medications and physical therapy, before recommending the replacement of your shoulder.
The goal of shoulder replacement surgery is to remove the portions of your shoulder joint that have been damaged by injury or disease. Dr. Bennett performs the surgery in a hospital setting and administers general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
Dr. Bennett uses the latest surgical techniques to access your joint and remove it entirely or just the damaged areas. He replaces it with a prosthetic joint that works just like your natural one.
Following your replacement surgery and healing, you should experience a significant reduction in pain and increased mobility in your shoulder. These should continue to improve as you recover.
You can expect to recover in the hospital for up to three days after your shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Bennett monitors your recovery and recommends when you can go home to finish healing.
In the first six weeks, you need to limit your activities and get plenty of rest to promote post-surgical healing and prevent new injuries. Dr. Bennett may recommend at-home exercises and physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your shoulder and regain your normal function.
Before you return to work, sports, and other physical activities, Dr. Bennett evaluates the success of your surgery and provides guidance for gradually returning to your full routine.
To learn more about the benefits of shoulder replacement surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Bennett online, or you can schedule by phone today.