Home/Outpatient Shoulder Replacement

Outpatient Shoulder Replacement

NOMS always recommends surgery as the absolute last option. But when patients have hit the proverbial wall with pain, and conservative measures are no longer helpful, surgical intervention may be the only option.

Our patients are often surprised to learn the majority of shoulder surgeries performed here are now done on an outpatient basis. Through his research, Dr. Gobezie has found that patients recover better at home and are happier when able to check out sooner following a procedure. 

With state-of-the-art technology, patients are under anesthesia for less time, resulting in better recovery. There is less risk of infection, increased patient satisfaction, and higher quality outcomes based on function and pain with a home recovery. Patients walk out with their arm in a sling and are home the same day.

Most patients can use their arm enough to care for themselves within a week after the procedure. After three months of follow-up appointments the patient no longer requires office visits, but the atrophy from the initial injury could take up to a year to fully improve. 

Although many surgeries are performed as outpatient, this experience is not for everyone. Patients with complicated medical histories may not qualify. It is also important for the patient to have sufficient family or social support at home and have realistic expectation of some pain and discomfort despite reasonable pain-relief strategies. Our orthopaedists carefully consult with each patient with a thorough history, physical examination and review of imaging studies to determine the procedure that will work best for them.

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