Approaches to resurfacing hemiarthroplasty vary. Surgeons can perform this procedure in a hospital setting using traditional techniques or in an outpatient center using a minimally invasive approach.
For both types, resurfacing hemiarthroplasty typically consist of these steps:
- The surgeons enter the shoulder through an incision
- The top of the humerus is resurfaced and fitted with a prosthetic placed over the ball of the upper arm bone, or humerus
- Any necessary soft tissue will be carefully reattached and the incision closed
Recovery time for partial shoulder replacement surgeries varies from patient to patient and by type. Your post-surgical staff will provide detailed instructions for incision care and rehabilitation. Patients should expect to wear a sling for about a month and will be unable to drive during this time. Physical therapy and rehabilitation are critical to the recovery process, helping to restore function and increase strength and range of motion in the shoulder.