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Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder joint replacement while less common than knee or hip replacement is very effective in relieving pain and improving mobility due to arthritis or complex trauma. This procedure is recommended for people with severe pain, weakness or loss of motion in their shoulder who have found little or no relief from simpler treatments.

The shoulder has the head of humerus (shoulder head) and the glenoid (shoulder cup). In this procedure, the whole or damaged parts of the shoulder joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic implants.

Why get a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement is required for individuals with shoulder arthritis who have deep aching pain and are unable to do daily activities like combing their hair, reaching high shelves and who often suffer from disturbed sleep due to pain.

Quick info

Preparation Time-

Post Procedure Care2-4 Days

Procedure Duration1 Hours

Back to Work4 weeks

Approximate Cost *2 Lakhs approx

Est. Recovery Period6 - 12 Weeks

*Price shown is an estimate. Actual prices may vary depending on the complexity of the treatment.


Routine blood, urine and cardiac tests as well as a pre-operative anaesthetic check up will be done before the surgery.

If you are a candidate for surgery, one of our orthopedic doctors will determine the best type of implant for you. We use a variety of prosthesis and at Zoi we prefer to use implants which are internationally used with proven clinical results.

This procedure is done by an orthopedic surgeon under general anaesthesia. After being anaesthetised in the a beach chair position, a cut will be made along the lateral (outer ) aspect of your shoulder. The joint will then be opened up by the orthopedic surgeon and the damaged humeral head will be cut off, In case the cup (glenoid) is damaged, then the surface will be cleaned.

Trial implants will then be inserted to verify the size and once found satisfactory, the bone ends will be washed prior to impacting the final implants with or without bone cement. The wound is then sutured and the shoulder is immobilised in a sling. Following the surgery, you will be placed in the ICU for a day for observation.

Physiotherapy will begin 6 weeks post surgery for 1-2 weeks.

After surgery, the shoulder is protected by an arm sling which aids in tissuehealing. A physiotherapy program will be designed for you, which consists of gradual enhancement of movement and strength. This will continue with periodical intervention of a physiotherapist over a period of 2 months.

Ten days after the procedure, you will be required to visit the hospital to get the sutures removed. Follow-up check ups will then be done after 6 weeks and then again at 3, 6 and 9 months.

Meet the Specialists

Some of the top orthopedists in Hyderabad who perform shoulder replacement surgery and provide comprehensive medical care are located at Zoi. Our orthopedic hospital is one of the best in the city for treating orthopedic issues.

Dr. Shyam Sunder Reddy Orthopaedic Surgeon

Expertise: MS Ortho, FRAS (Germany), Fellow in Shoulder & Sports Injury (USA)

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