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How Can I Help My Replacement Shoulder Last?

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The longevity of prosthetic shoulders varies from patient to patient. It depends on many factors, including your physical condition and activity level, as well as the accuracy of the implant placement during surgery. It is useful to keep in mind that a prosthetic shoulder joint is not as strong or durable as a natural, healthy shoulder joint, and there is no guarantee that your shoulder replacement will last the rest of your life.

Talk with your doctor about the following points and how they might affect the longevity and success of your shoulder replacement:

  • Avoid repetitive lifting
  • Be sure to consult with your orthopedic surgeon before you begin to lift anything with the operated arm
  • Avoid "jamming" activities such as hammering
  • Stay healthy and active
  • Avoid "impact loading" sports such as boxing
  • Consult your surgeon before beginning any new sport or activity to find out what type and intensity of sport or activity is appropriate for you
  • Think before you move
  • Avoid any physical activities involving quick stop-start motion, twisting, or impact stresses on the operative shoulder
  • Avoid pushing heavy objects