Living with shoulder pain doesn’t have to be your norm. At the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine, Los Angeles, California, Frank Petrigliano, MD is an innovative shoulder replacement specialist who can help you get to a pain-free state. Dr. Petrigliano conducts both partial and total shoulder replacement surgeries. A customized treatment plan will be created to fit your need so that you can get on the road to recovery.
Depending on the severity of your shoulder injury, you might only need a partial shoulder replacement. With a stemmed hemiarthroplasty, Dr. Petrigliano replaces the ball of your shoulder joint with an artificial metal ball and attached stem. Alternatively, with a resurfacing hemiarthroplasty, he replaces just the cap of your ball joint with an artificial cap to preserve your healthy bone underneath.
If your shoulder is severely arthritic, or otherwise injured, you might need a total shoulder replacement. Just as the name implies, you actually get a new shoulder! Dr. Petrigliano puts in an artificial ball and socket joint, which are composed of metal and plastic.
With a reverse total shoulder replacement, you still get a new ball and socket joint, but they’ll switch places. The ball is attached to your shoulder, while the socket makes up the top part of your upper arm bone.
This type of specialized shoulder replacement is beneficial for men and women who have:
It depends on how quickly you heal and whether you have a partial or total shoulder replacement. You begin physical therapy the first day, but your sessions are passive, meaning your physical therapist moves your arm for you.
For the first six weeks, you continue passive exercises with the help of your physical therapist or a family member, or with a self-guided pulley. About six weeks after surgery, your physical therapist starts you on light exercises and stretching. You continue these gentle exercises several times a day until you reach the three-month mark.
Right around three months post-op, you begin more intensive strength training. At this point, you are much stronger and are able to gradually return to some of your regular activities.
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