How is Shoulder Replacement performed?
Patient is put under both regional blockage and general
anesthesia . The procedure is performed Arthroscopy unless otherwise indicated
by the surgeon. 3 incisions are used to perform the procedure with minimal
invasive technique. The procedure lasts approximately 3 hours to be completed.
After procedure patient wakes up in the recovery room followed by his private
hospital room recovery.
Implants that we use- Biomet / Depoi / Stricker
Day 1- Arrival
in Airport, transporation to hospital for Pre-Op testing and physical
consultation. Rest in Hospital
Day 2- Surgery day, rest in hospital
Day 3- Patient eligible to go to
hotel. Physical therapy begins
Day 4- Patient is eligible to go back home if patient desires to
continue physical therapy in his local community. If patient desired to do
physical therapy in Mexicali we can coordinate his/her transportation to our
physical therapy center.
NOTE: Please keep
in mind, all ground transporation while recovering in Mexicali for physical
therapy or doctor appointments are provided by Family Hospital at no extra
cost. This is part of your mandatory concierge service.
1. Complete your Medical Questionaire Form
2. If you have medical images or reports, please
upload them or send them so we can start reviewing your case
3. Please discuss with your Case Manager any
particular questions or concerns
4. If you are taking any medications please let us
5. Once we approve your case, we can finalize your
details and create your itinerary.
6. If you need a letter from us to your employer,
let us know so we can provide one for time off work related duties.
- You will take antibiotics and pain medication
for approx 15 days
- You will be wearing a sling for 4-8 weeks.
- We will provide you with instructions about how
to do your physical therapy sessions. You will do ‘Passive Motion Excercises’
for 8 weeks ( This means you will use your other arm for assistance during your
physical therapy sessions )
- Shoulder replacement surgery is mostly
recommended for those 60 years or older that are not entitiled to hard labor.
- The surgery objective is to releave pain and
provide functional mobility only, patient should not be doing hard labor after
- Patient should stay away from all
running/jogging activities for 10 weeks
- Full recovery can take up to 1 year
1. How long
will I be in pain? First 1-2 weeks can be a bit painful. During physical
therapy it is common to feel pain as the body is healing from the surgery and
the prosthetis is adapting to your body
2. How much
physical therapy do I need to do after surgery? You should do physical
therapy for the first 4 months. If you need assistance during your physical
therapy, please contact a specialist in your area.
3. When can
I go back to my normal work activities? Depends on the type of work you do.
You should not do forced hard labor in your shoulder area anymore.