Shoulder replacement is performed in the hospital by an experienced, specialized surgical team. The procedure generally takes 1-3 hours, and a hospital stay of 1-3 days can be expected.
Most people are able to return to normal everyday activities such as dressing themselves and grooming within the first two weeks after successful shoulder replacement surgery. Your physician will let you know when it is safe to drive and perform other tasks.
Total recovery time is approximately 3-6 months, and physical therapy is required to gain range of motion with the new joint.
As with any surgery, success will depend on your age, activity level and other factors. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for shoulder replacement surgery, and can help you understand what to expect from the procedure and your recovery.