The procedure takes approximately two hours. However, the preparation before the operation and the recovery afterward may take several hours. Patients often spend two hours in the recovery room and two to three days in the hospital after surgery.
You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of your scheduled surgery. You will be asked to arrive two hours before the start of your surgery. Once you are admitted, you will be evaluated by an anesthesiologist. The most common type of anesthesia is regional anesthesia, where your arm will be numbed by placing anesthetic medicine into your neck before the start of the operation. Supplementary anesthesia will then be given through an intravenous (IV) drip that keeps you asleep for the entire surgery. You will discuss this with your anesthesiologist prior to your surgery.
Advanced Surgical Techniques
Total shoulder replacement can be a very successful operation, similar to hip and knee replacement surgeries. However, it is a difficult operation and the surgeon should be well trained to perform it. At UCSF, we are investigating the possibility of image-guided surgeries to better identify the anatomy and bone structures of each shoulder, so that we can improve the outcome of shoulder replacement surgery. We are investigating the possibility of doing the surgery with smaller and less traumatic approaches, so that the rehabilitation can be quicker and less painful.