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How should you prepare for shoulder replacement surgery?

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You’ll likely get a full physical exam and X-rays or other imaging tests so the surgeon can get a look at the joint.

Talk to your doctor about any other conditions you have and any medications you take. You’ll have to stop taking certain drugs, especially narcotic painkillers, several weeks before surgery.

You may have to cut back on drinking and get more exercise, too. If you smoke, you’ll be asked to quit.

Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your operation.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Joint Replacement.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement.”

The Arthritis Foundation: “Shoulder Surgery.”

Emory Healthcare: “Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.”

University of Washington School of Orthoaedics and Sports Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement,” “Shoulder Joint Replacement at the University of Washington.”

California Pacific Medical Center: “Partial Shoulder Replacement - Basics.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Recovering from Shoulder Replacement Surgery.”

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: “Outcomes after shoulder replacement: comparison between reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Joint Replacement.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement.”

The Arthritis Foundation: “Shoulder Surgery.”

Emory Healthcare: “Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.”

University of Washington School of Orthoaedics and Sports Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement,” “Shoulder Joint Replacement at the University of Washington.”

California Pacific Medical Center: “Partial Shoulder Replacement - Basics.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Recovering from Shoulder Replacement Surgery.”

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: “Outcomes after shoulder replacement: comparison between reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 21, 2017

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