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Total Shoulder Joint Replacement

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1. Keep the incisional area dry until sutures are removed. As long as there is no drainage from the wound and the steri-strips are intact covering the wound, you may shower. Do not scrub the steri-strips and wound itself.

2.Do not use spray deodorants (you may use roll-on type) until sutures are removed.

3. You will be given a return appointment for 12-14 days after surgery for suture removal and shoulder examination.

4. You may resume driving in 3-4 weeks.

5. No heavy lifting for two months.

6. You may resume active movement of arm within limits of pain for activities of daily living such as eating and grooming.

7. Continue exercises at home as instructed by your physical therapist and physician.

You may expect your rehabilitation to be ongoing and progressive. Near normal functioning should be achieved within 3-6 months. The maximum benefit may take six months to one year. It is important to realize that progress is sometimes slow and not always steady. You must persevere with your therapy program and try not to get discouraged. Your progress will be monitored by your physician with visits at intervals of six weeks for the first four to five months, and then less frequently for one year.

Please note that any physician or dentist contemplating a future operative or invasive procedure or dental work, must give you antibiotics preoperatively and postoperatively to prevent infection. This includes all surgeries, “oscopy” procedures, tooth extractions and root canals. Any infection, such as urinary tract infection, must be treated promptly with antibiotics as bacteria can spread to the replaced joint.

At any time you receive medical treatment, notify the person in charge that you have a Total Shoulder Replacement.

You will be given a card to carry verifying that you have a joint replacement. This may be necessary to use when passing through airport security. The reverse side of the card outlines the recommended antibiotic treatment for other physicians and your dentist to use.

Any problems, questions or concerns you may have may be phoned to your surgeon’s office. Any symptoms such as fever and/or increased drainage, redness or swelling, or sudden, significant increase in pain should be reported promptly to your physician.

*The information contained in this patient education packet is intended to help you and your families/caretakers better understand a particular diagnosis and/or the treatment options available. If you have any questions after reading this, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Longobardi’s office at 201.343.1717 for a further explanation.

Revised March 2007

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