Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the shoulder joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant.
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Shoulder replacement is a surgical option for patients with arthritis of the shoulder. This operation can relieve pain and maintain motion in the arthritic shoulder. Arthritis can affect joints, over time; the smooth cartilage on the surface of the bones wears away. This can result in pain, inflammation, and swelling of the joints. Shoulder replacement surgery is a procedure to replace this damaged joint to eliminate this pain and swelling for a long time. Arthritis does not have any kind of full treatment; all kinds of medications and procedures are just temporary and can just slow it down. But surgery can be the last (and maybe permanent) solution for this painful problem. Shoulder arthritis is a condition in which degeneration, injury, inflammation or previous surgery destroys the normally smooth cartilage on the humeral head and glenoid.
Patients should stop taking certain medications such as Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements prior to the surgery. They should stop smoking a few weeks before and after the surgery. They should stop drinking and eating around 6 hours before the surgery. Surgeon does a physical examination and may ask for blood test, X-rays and MRI.
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