If a patient is deemed to be a good surgical candidate, meeting health and diagnostic requirements, surgeons can recommend a stemmed hemiarthroplasty. This procedure can be performed at a hospital using traditional techniques, or on an outpatient basis thanks to the development of minimally invasive techniques.
A stemmed hemiarthroplasty procedure involves the following steps:
- The surgeon will access the shoulder through an incision and techniques designed to limit soft tissue damage
- The top of the humerus will be removed using microsurgical devices and direct visualization equipment
- The humeral ball will be replaced with a precisely fitted implant and stem that is attached to the bone
- Any necessary soft tissue will be carefully reattached and the incision closed
Recovery time for partial shoulder replacement surgeries varies from patient to patient. The surgical team will provide detailed post-operative care and recovery instructions. Most patients will wear a sling for a month and will be unable to drive during this time. Physical therapy and rehabilitation will be an essential part of the recovery process to help regain function and relearn basic activities.