Many people know someone with an artificial knee or hip joint. Less common, but just as successful in relieving joint pain, is a shoulder replacement (arthroplasty). This procedure may be recommended if arthritis or degenerative joint disease makes your shoulder stiff and painful or if the upper arm bone is fractured so badly that tissue death may result.
This booklet will help provide answers to the questions you may have about a shoulder replacement (arthroplasty). It contains information about what to expect before, during and after your hospitalization. You will learn about the hospital routines, the people who will assist in your recovery and changes in your lifestyle.