Total Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Sander Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine -  - Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Sander Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Weslaco, TX & Harlingen, TX

When the chronic pain of arthritis or a traumatic injury in your shoulder makes it difficult to work or enjoy a good quality of life, a total shoulder replacement surgery may be the answer. At Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Weslaco, Texas, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Michael Sander, MD, and his skilled team offer minimally invasive surgical procedures, including standard and reverse total shoulder replacements, to alleviate pain and restore functionality in your shoulder. Learn more about the benefits of total shoulder replacement surgery by calling Dr. Sander’s office directly or using the online booking feature.

Total Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is a total shoulder replacement?

A total shoulder replacement procedure is a surgical option to alleviate severe pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Surgery is usually the last resort when physical therapy or medications aren’t working to relieve pain or improve your shoulder’s functionality.

The Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team uses a minimally invasive surgical technique to replace the damaged ball of the shoulder joint with an artificial ball. They also attach a smooth, plastic surface within the joint socket that allows your shoulder joint to move seamlessly without pain or limitation.

Why do I need a total shoulder replacement?

To determine if you’re a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery, the Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team reviews your medical history and performs a comprehensive evaluation of your shoulder. They may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to get a closer look at the internal structures of your shoulder.

The team might also recommend a total shoulder replacement if you have a degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis, or conditions like:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Severe fracture
  • Shoulder instability

If you have a rotator cuff tear or previously had a shoulder surgery that failed, you may need a reverse replacement procedure. In this type of surgery, the team switches the positions of the ball and socket. This allows you to move your shoulder using your deltoid muscle rather than the damaged rotator cuff.

What can I expect during a total shoulder replacement surgery?

The team uses a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical technique that requires only a small incision in the shoulder area. They use small surgical instruments to replace the ball and socket of the shoulder joint.

Following your procedure, you spend some time in recovery until the anesthesia wears off. You can then go home to recover.

How long does recovery from a total shoulder replacement take?

Every person heals differently. Because the Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team uses a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical technique to replace your shoulder joint, healing is much faster than with traditional surgery.

They can discuss how long you must limit certain activities and be off from work during your initial surgery consultation, and they may schedule physical therapy soon after surgery to strengthen your muscles and improve your range of motion for more efficient healing.  

To find out if you’re a candidate for total shoulder replacement surgery, schedule an appointment online or by calling the Weslaco office directly.