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What happens after shoulder replacement surgery?

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You can expect to spend 2 to 5 days in the hospital after your operation before going home.

At first, your arm will be in a brace to keep it from moving. Within a day or so, you’ll start physical therapy to get your arm and your new shoulder working.

Your arm will be in a sling for most of your recovery. It may be 6 weeks or more before you can drive again.

In the year after your surgery, you’ll have several follow-up visits with your doctor so she can see how your recovery is going.

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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