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Total Shoulder Replacement Myths

Posted on November 8, 2022 in Shoulder & Total Shoulder Replacement by Dr. Chris O'Grady

In recent years, advances in medical technology have debunked preconceived notions about total shoulder replacement. Dr. Chris O'Grady, an experienced and skilled Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, compiled 5 common myths about total shoulder replacement below.

1. Shoulder replacements do not provide good results.

False. Shoulder replacements are extremely successful, especially for individuals with osteoarthritis.

2. I am too young to have a shoulder replacement/I am too old to have a joint replacement surgery.

No matter what your age, if you have chronic pain in your shoulder, you may benefit from a total shoulder replacement surgery. As long as you are healthy enough to have surgery, there is no reason to continue living with pain. It is never too soon or too late to seek treatment that could provide you freedom from pain.

3. Following surgery, I will have permanent limitations.

False. With proper therapy, the majority of Dr. O’Grady’s patients achieve a higher level of function than they had before surgery (with less pain).  Patients are advised to refrain from frequent heavy lifting in order to minimize the wear and tear on the replacement. Even with this restriction, most patients who desire to return to an active lifestyle do so rather quickly.  Most patients return to a pain-free existence and many return to sports like tennis, golf, swimming, bowling, fishing, hunting, kayaking, surfing, etc

4. Only patients who have severe arthritis can have their shoulder replaced.

False. Although total shoulder replacements are done for individuals who have arthritis, this procedure is also used to address fractures, congenital shoulder defects, and massive irreparable rotator cuff tears.

5. Shoulder replacement implants are not reliable or a long-lasting solution.

False. Research indicates that the life of a shoulder implant is substantial with 93 percent lasting 10 years and 87 percent lasting 15 years.

Individuals suffering from shoulder pain who reside in the Northwest Florida area should contact Florida Bone & Joint Specialists today. Dr. Christopher O’Grady is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who is dedicated to helping those experiencing shoulder pain. Seeking treatment is critical to ensuring the damage occurring to the shoulder is addressed. Click below to schedule an appointment at Florida Bone & Joint Specialists.

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