After Shoulder Replacement Surgery


Discharge from the hospital will be on the second or third day following your Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery depending upon your recovery.


You will be given prescriptions for pain medication, anti-inflammatory medicine and oral antibiotics.

Caring for your incision:

The sutures will be removed 2 weeks after the Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery during the first follow-up. If in the mean while your incision swells, drains, becomes red or painful, or if you develop a temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, call your joint replacement surgeon immediately.

Before leaving the hospital, your incision will be covered with a dry bandage. Please do not get the incision wet or dirty.

Physical Activity:

It is important that you follow the correct exercise regime.

Before leaving the hospital, you will be given a physical therapy exercise plan to follow. Your shoulder needs to be protected for the next 3 to 6 weeks so that the muscles around the shoulder get adequate time to heal.

Your first appointment with the physiotherapist will be in the second week after you are discharged from the hospital. We expect complete range of movements by about 6 weeks after Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery. After this shoulder strengthening exercises are begun.

There may besome swelling and bruising of the hand and arm which is normal and results from the swelling and bruising from your shoulder, which travels down the arm. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this, but it is recommended that you bend and straighten your elbow frequently and make a fist to help keep your circulation flowing.

Your arm will be in a sling for the first 2 weeks, after which you may use the sling whilst going out in a crowded area for about 6 weeks. When you are getting dressed, it is easiest to put your operated arm through the shirt-sleeve first and then put your sling on. You may use your arm to perform normal daily activities, such as eating, writing or shaving, but you may not lift any items or reach out suddenly until you are instructed that it is OK to do so.

Six weeks after Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery, when you regain full shoulder movement, you can probably resume driving.


Your first Follow-up visit will be around 2 weeks after Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery. During this visit the sutures may be removed.

During the first year following your surgery, routine follow-up visits will be scheduled with your orthopedic surgeon two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months and 12 months after your surgery. You will be asked to return for annual visits thereafter to assess the status and function of your implant.