Partial Shoulder Replacement
What is Partial Shoulder Replacement?
When only a tiny piece of the shoulder has cartilage loss, a partial shoulder replacement, also known as a stemmed hemiarthroplasty, may be performed. Instead of replacing the complete joint, the technique replaces a portion of it (the ball).
When to go for surgery
The risks of waiting too long include losing crucial bones that may have improved your rehabilitation and prognosis. Many issues may be handled arthroscopically, frequently with only minor incisions and no overnight stay in the hospital. As they aid in movement and daily activities, shoulders must be cared for and kept in good condition. This may be achieved by avoiding risky activities and engaging in workouts that lengthen and strengthen your shoulder muscles. If your shoulder is not functioning correctly, or you are experiencing pain despite all the care and medicine, your specialist will probably recommend surgery.
Hemi is short for half. The surgeon prepares the top of the arm bone, exposes the joint, and inserts a metal stem with a ball at the end. The surgeon smoothens and reshapes the worn-out socket. The arm bone is then repositioned.
Post Surgery Care
Patients could feel a little weaker and will regain approximately half of their usual range of motion. By six months, they typically retain most of their pain-free mobility and strength and around two-thirds of their initial power. Most patients discover they have full force and no discomfort a year following surgery. Take the following care after the surgery:
Avoid putting any strain on the operated shoulder.
Rest as per the advice and take medicine on time.
Have the physiotherapy sessions as directed.
Ice compressions at regular intervals
Follow-up sessions with the doctor