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By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
July 26, 2022

Shoulders are very complex joints and the more complicated a joint is, the more likely it is to end up with issues. Shoulder replacement in Manassas, VA is not usually the first choice, but in some cases, it may be necessary. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists with offices in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA has a team of skilled surgeons who can provide shoulder replacement surgery and lots more.

About the Shoulder Joint

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, and it has more mobility than any other joint in your body. Four muscles and tendons make up the rotator cuff, and it is very helpful in the movement of the shoulder. Think about all the different movements that your shoulder can make. It's quite amazing.

Common Shoulder Conditions

Shoulders can be damaged by injuries and also by wear and tear due to aging. Osteoarthritis is a common reason for shoulder pain, and it can include spurs. Spurs can cause a tear to the tendon or muscle of the rotator cuff, which also causes pain. Frozen shoulder is also a common condition that causes loss of mobility and pain. These are just a few of the many conditions that can affect this joint.

Treatments for Shoulder Conditions

When you go to your orthopedic doctor, they will start with conservative treatment, including anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone shots, and physical therapy. For many people, these treatments provide at least some temporary relief.

When It Is Time for Shoulder Replacement in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA

When conservative treatment options fail to provide relief and your life is impaired, it is time to consider shoulder replacement surgery. Shoulder replacement is major surgery and is never decided on lightly. It requires general or regional anesthesia. Shoulder replacement is not just one surgery, there are several types of replacement.

In a total shoulder replacement, both the ball and the socket are replaced with artificial ones. The ball is typically made of metal and the socket is plastic.

With a reverse total shoulder replacement, the end of the arm bone is replaced with a socket and the socket in the shoulder is replaced with a ball.

Partial shoulder replacement is an opinion if only the call is damaged and the socket is still in good condition.

If your shoulder pain is making it difficult to perform the activities of daily life, it is time to visit an orthopedic doctor. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists with offices in Manassas, VA, and Haymarket, VA, can provide the services you require. To contact us for an appointment, you can give us a call at (703) 369-9070, or you can use the form on our website.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
November 23, 2021

Shoulder replacement surgery offered by your orthopaedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, can ease your pain and improve the range of motion in your shoulder. If you're considering the surgery, you'll want to keep these things in mind.

The right time for shoulder replacement surgery

Pain medication and physical therapy can often be very helpful in managing shoulder pain and stiffness. Unfortunately, if you have arthritis, a rotator cuff injury that doesn't improve, or a fracture, these measures alone may not be enough to manage pain and improve flexibility. Shoulder surgery may be the best option if:

  • Medication no longer adequately controls your pain
  • Your shoulder hurts even when you're not using it
  • Stiffness and pain has begun to affect your life
  • You've developed weakness and reduced range of motion in your shoulder
  • Your shoulder is getting stiffer

What you can expect

Replacing your shoulder joint with an artificial joint usually takes about three or four hours and is performed using local or general anesthesia. During the surgery, your doctor replaces your ball-and-socket shoulder joint with a replacement joint made of metal and plastic.

After surgery, you may have trouble moving or feeling your arm and hand until the anesthetic wears off completely in 12 to 24 hours. Your arm will remain in a sling for the next four to six weeks. Although your arm will be in a sling, it won't remain immobilized all the time. You'll participate in physical therapy and also do exercises on your own designed to improve the mobility of your shoulder joint and strengthen your muscles.

Over-the-counter pain medication and ice will control any post-operative pain you may have, although stronger pain medication may be needed in some cases. Your sutures will be removed during a visit to the Haymarket or Manassas orthopaedics office about two weeks after your shoulder replacement surgery.

When you return home, you may need help getting dressed and handling many other basic tasks at first. As you regain movement in your shoulder, you'll soon be able to handle these tasks yourself.

Are you ready for shoulder replacement surgery? Call (703) 369-9070 to schedule an appointment with your Haymarket and Manassas, VA, orthopaedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists.