You should get less pain and be able to move your arm more easily.
Simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can help control the pain of arthritis.
A steroid injection into your shoulder joint can sometimes reduce pain and stiffness for several months.
All these measures become less effective if your arthritis gets worse and this is when your surgeon may recommend a shoulder replacement.
Your surgeon will make a cut on the front of your shoulder and remove the damaged ball (head of the humerus). They will examine the socket which lies on your shoulder blade. They will then replace the ball and sometimes also the socket. The new ball is made of metal and the socket is usually made of plastic.
Your shoulder replacement is fixed into the bone using a special coating on your arm side of your shoulder joint.
Usually, your stay will be 1-2 days.
You will need to keep your arm in a sling for up to 2 weeks to keep the tension away from your shoulder joint.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Most people make a good recovery, have less pain, and can move better after surgery.
An artificial shoulder never feels quite the same as a normal shoulder and it is important to look after it in the long term.
A shoulder replacement can wear out with time.
You are suitable for this surgery if:
As long as your condition is managed, and you are stable upon admission for treatment, we can accept you with:
Our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you might have, and explain our self pay solution to you before you start. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need.
Before you come to see us, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional (e.g. dentist) and ask for an open referral letter.
Once you have decided you would like to meet your surgeon, we will arrange your first consultation.
Your specialist will discuss treatment options with you and explain any diagnostic tests you might need as part of your individual care package.
You will be given a surgery time with very little wait. Payment is made before you start your treatment.
Payment for your surgery is due once you receive your booking and have accepted and signed your surgery quote. We accept bank cheque, Mastercard, Visa or EFTPOS. Please note that all credit card transactions will incur a 1.5% surcharge.
Unlike public hospitals, you're going to get in to have your surgery as quickly as the surgeon can do it.
We will inform you of your expected recovery time and anything to watch out for.
We will give you an appointment time and date to follow up with your surgeon, at their consulting rooms. This consultation is included in your Self Pay Surgery Package.
We’ll take care of the rest, leaving you to focus on treatment and recovery while our professional medical teams deliver your personalised care.
Our fully integrated medical services across the entire healthcare spectrum give every patient one-stop access. We collaborate with a wide network of partners, our own private hospitals, specialist surgeons, GP clinics and support health staff.