Shoulder replacement surgery is a major procedure requiring extensive recovery time. While the success rate is high, it may take months, with regular therapy and exercise, to regain full strength.
Total Replacement Surgery
There are two main types of shoulder-replacement surgeries: total and partial. Total replacement involves replacing the head of the humerus bone as well as the socket that makes up the shoulder joint.
Partial Replacement Surgery
Partial replacement is done when the shoulder socket is in good condition. In this case, only the bone is replaced.
Physical therapy is a key component of the healing process. It will begin immediately, while you are still in the hospital, and continue during the months of recovery. Physical therapy will focus on more active use of your arm and shoulder.
Three to Six Months
Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months to recover from shoulder surgery, although a partial shoulder replacement may take less time. After 6 months, most patients are pain-free and have regained a majority of their strength and range of motion.
After one year, almost all patients will be pain free. Additionally, strength and range of motion should be completely back to normal.