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    Shoulder replacement
    An_267703 posted:
    I smashed my arm and shoulder joint into pieces on a ski trip. Had emergency surgery in France but now shoulder is collapsing with likelihood of total replacement in my future. I am 56. My shoulder has pins holding it together but glenoid surface is shot and i have only ver restricted movement of my arm. Sleeping is the worst as i cannot get comfortable. The joint burns and i also have pain from tissue damage. I am really scared to go back into surgery and also wondering if i should wait as long as possible. Depressed about this a lot of the time. Any advice?
    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi there,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering both physically and emotionally. Making the decision to proceed with having a surgery should be one that you make closely with your doctor. He/she will be able to tell if total shoulder replacement surgery is the best option for you.

    Your doctor will be able to tell you the pros and cons of having the surgery, which are specific to you, and if a TSR might actually improve your quality of life in the long run
    It is an important decision to make, and you should take as much time as you need to make it. But just know that there is tons of information on TSR surgery available to you. Being informed on the surgery and the recovery process might actually give you the confidence to make your decision.

    Here is the information that WebMD has on shoulder replacement surgery

    When faced with a potential surgery and a potential change in lifestyle as a result of that surgery, it is completely understandable that you would have an emotional response to that. You are not alone.

    We are here for you! Let us know what you decide.

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