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Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement - Surgical Technique, Risks & Complications

Shoulder pain can significantly impact your daily life, restricting games such as grocery shopping, gambling with the grandchildren, or wearing free clothes. As austerity methods such as herbs and physical treatment fail, Total Shoulder Replacement (TSR) surgery appears as a powerful solution.

This blog provides a very informative TSR manual, diagnosis and warning signs, surgical procedure, power benefits and risks. It is important to remember that this record is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your doctor for customized testing and choices.

When is TSR considered?

Often, individuals with severe debilitating shoulder pain e.g.

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis, bone and joint throbbing and pain.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation and destruction.
  • Rotator cuff tears: severe or irreparable tears in the muscles that support the shoulder joint.
  • Fractures: Acute fractures that do not heal properly or are not targeted for long-term disability.

Surgery: What to expect

TSR requires the use of prosthetic connectors to address the damaged joints – metal humeral head (upper arm bone) and plastic glenoid socket (shoulder blade) The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours and is completed under preferred anesthesia. Depending on your case and the surgeon you choose, a variety of relatively simple techniques can be used to expedite healing.

Potential benefits:

TSR offers great potential benefits for individuals struggling with acute shoulder pain, e.g.

  • Reduced pain and stiffness: Significant reduction in pain due to replacement of damaged joint surfaces.
  • Improved activity and mobility: Increased ability to perform daily tasks and participate in favorite recreational activities.
  • Increased quality of life: limited pain and activity interventions prior to regaining independence.

Risks and Considerations:

Like any surgery, TSR comes with potential risks and complications, e.g.

  • Infection: Although rare, it is a major concern that requires immediate treatment.
  • Bleeding: Managed intraoperatively, but there is little risk of bleeding after surgery.
  • Nerve damage: Temporary or permanent nerve damage may affect sensation or movement.
  • Implant loosening: Prosthetic parts may be lost over time, necessitating revision surgery.


Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rajesh Malhotra excels in all shoulder replacement procedures. A physician is renowned for his skill and compassionate care. Malhotra specializes in restoring shoulder function, reducing pain, and improving patients' quality of life; his commitment to providing the best products makes him trustworthy.

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