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Shoulder Replacement Surgery Questions to ask

If you are considering a reverse total shoulder replacement surgery in Ohio, you have come to the right place. Dr. Kovack specializes in helping patients who have complex shoulder conditions. The methods employed by Dr. Kovack are minimally invasive and employ state of the art technology. If you are facing the need for shoulder replacement, you may be considering reverse total shoulder replacement. Unclear what the differences are between standard total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement, head on over to our informative piece on what reverse total shoulder replacement entails. Before you sign up for any type of surgery, it is important you feel comfortable with the work ahead. The following are some common questions patients like to ask before they undergo reverse total shoulder replacement surgery. These questions are a good starting point to help you achieve more comfort before and after surgery. However, feel free to add your own questions to the list as well.

What Complications May Arise?

Just like any surgery, there is always the chance for complications due to undergoing surgery. Be sure you have a clear understanding of what those complications might be for you. Some possible complications might be infection, wound problems, excessive blood loss, injury to nerves, mechanical failure of device, fracture, weakness, stiffness, anesthetic risks, and other complications. Although it is good to understand what risks are involved, do not let a long list of possible complications deter you from surgery. Ask your doctor for more than just what risks are possible, ask how common each complication actually is.

What Will My Recovery Process Look Like?

The length of time you spend recovering will look different depending on you, your current physical condition, and other factors. Talk to your doctor about what kind of process you will be taking to fully recover. How much physical therapy will you need to undergo? Is there a loose time frame your doctor can give you for the process? This is not a one-size-fits-all kind of answer, so be sure to get the specifics of how your doctor believes you will fare.

How Long Will My Replacement Last?

It is very important that you have a realistic expectation for the lifespan of your shoulder replacement. This will help you make a feasible plan for your future and allow you to understand what to expect down the road.

Should I Change Anything About My Diet Or Habits?

Depending on your current lifestyle, your doctor may recommend you change a few things about your day-to-day life to help aid recovery. This can be a great time to start making healthy choices and to kick bad habits that may impeded recovery. Your doctor can let you know if there are any foods or supplements you need to avoid prior to surgery or after surgery.

Before you visit with your doctor, write down these questions and others you have. Bring along a notebook so you can record down any notable information provided. Your doctor will also likely have resources for you about the procedure and recovery process. Remember, it is always acceptable for you to ask as many questions as you find necessary to feel comfortable with the procedure. When you are facing Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery in Ohio, you should only accept the highest quality in care. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kovack today.

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