Shoulder arthroplasty has been performed in the United States since the 1950’s. At that time it was used to treat severe shoulder fractures. In recent years it has become more common and is used for many painful shoulder conditions.
Most patients can be very active following a shoulder replacement. Golf, tennis, swimming and light yard work and gardening are allowed. It is generally recommended that patients do not routinely lift more than 40 lbs with the operative arm following this surgery. Failure to observe this restriction can result in pain and/or early loosening of the artificial joint.
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