Pain Management - The Joint Replacement Center has a highly trained anesthesia team that includes Board certified physicians who provide state-of-the-art anesthesia services. The administration of pain medications following shoulder replacement surgery is tailored to each patient's individual needs.
Most patients are prescribed an intravenous patient-controlled analgesic by their surgeon. This allows patients to administer a pre-determined dose of pain medication within set periods during the day of surgery. Oral pain medications may be prescribed at this point, as patients transition from the hospital to home. Ice packs may also be used to relieve pain and swelling around the joint.
Post-Operative Therapy - On the day following surgery, patients meet with a physical therapist to learn exercises to help improve their range of motion prior to discharge.
To further increase strength and range of motion, some patients may also need to participate in outpatient therapy after arriving home.