Reverse Shoulder Replacement Procedure
An interscalene nerve block is used to numb the shoulder and arm. Dr. Millett makes an incision over the front of the shoulder and removes all the arthritic bone, bone spurs, and tight scar tissue. The metal ball is then positioned and secured into your shoulder socket and a patient-specific stem with a new socket is then secured into the upper arm bone.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement Video Demonstration
Reverse shoulder replacement is a relatively new procedure and highly technical, which is why it is important you have a skilled surgeon performing this procedure. Dr. Millett has been performing this procedure since 2004 when it was first approved by the FDA for use in the USA and continues to have extremely successful results. He was among the first surgeons in the US to be approved to use this new implant. Reverse shoulder replacement has been used in Europe since the late 1980’s, and Dr Millett has performed close to 1000 of these surgeries.
Recovery After Reverse Shoulder Replacement
After surgery, our medical team will provide pain medication to help manage the pain along with buying Doxycycline online antibiotics to prevent infection. During your time at the hospital you will begin initial physical therapy. Simple sets of exercises will be taught so that you can continue them at home.
Most patients are likely to go home on the first or second day after surgery. Your arm will be in a sling for about 3 weeks when you leave the hospital. It is very important to follow the prescribed physical therapy to help improve strength and range of motion. Full recovery is typically achieved by 3-4 months post-operatively.
For additional details on shoulder arthritis, or to determine if you are a candidate for reverse shoulder replacement, please contact the office of Dr. Peter Millett.
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