Dr. Walter G. Stanwood: As a shoulder and elbow specialist, I oftentimes see patients for shoulder arthritis. A common misconception is that there aren’t any viable treatment options for shoulder arthritis. When in actuality it is the third most common joint to be affected by arthritis.
Here at Plymouth Bay, we have a multi-modal approach to the arthritis. We can help you with physical therapy. We can do injections in the office and oftentimes this can be successful for a very long time and when you reach a point where your quality of life has been affected to a degree that these treatment options aren’t working, a shoulder replacement is a very viable option.
It’s actually very successful. It’s been in existence almost as long as hip replacements, almost 50 years now, we have good data on it. It’s very similar to a hip replacement in that you’re replacing both sides of the joint. You’re creating a smooth, gliding, and most importantly a pain-free surface for that joint to exist.
The surgery itself actually is much less invasive than a hip or knee replacement. Patients with the shoulder replacements now, some are even going home the same day and probably 95% of patients are going home the first day after surgery. It involves a comprehensive treatment after surgery where we follow you very closely. There is a very comprehensive physical therapy program and usually by three months patients are often playing golf or tennis and back regaining the lives they wanted.