Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Omar Khatib, MD -  - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

NJOSM Clinic

Omar Khatib, MD

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

Each year, more than 53,000 Americans undergo a shoulder replacement procedure. Though this type of operation is common for athletes like baseball pitchers and tennis players, it can benefit nonathletes as well. At NJOSM Clinic in Clifton, New Jersey, orthopedic surgeon Omar Khatib, MD, uses minimally invasive techniques to perform shoulder replacement surgery. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.

Shoulder Replacement Q&A

What is shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery used to relieve shoulder pain and improve mobility. During shoulder replacement, Dr. Khatib removes the damaged or diseased portions of your shoulder joint and replaces them with man-made prosthetics.

Shoulder replacement can address various issues, including arthritis, fractures, and sports injuries. It’s a quick and virtually pain-free outpatient procedure.

Who is a good candidate for shoulder replacement?

You might benefit from a shoulder replacement if you have:

  • Pain or weakness in your shoulder
  • Severe shoulder pain that interferes with your job or routine activities
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Pain that persists even after conservative treatments like ice and rest

Shoulder replacement isn’t for everyone. Your risk of complications significantly increases if you have diabetes or Parkinson’s disease or if you’re overweight.

How do I prepare for shoulder replacement?

A few weeks before your shoulder replacement procedure, Dr. Khatib conducts a comprehensive in-office exam to determine if you’re healthy enough to undergo the operation.

If you take medication for arthritis or blood thinners, Dr. Khatib might ask you to stop until after the procedure. This is because certain medications increase your risk of infection or bleeding.

How does shoulder replacement work?

Shoulder replacement typically takes about two hours.  Before starting your procedure, Dr. Khatib administers general anesthesia. This puts you to sleep and ensures your comfort throughout treatment.

Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Khatib makes several small incisions near your shoulder joint and uses special tools to remove the damaged bone and soft tissue. Next, he replaces your damaged ball joint with a metal prosthetic and carefully installs a plastic surface inside the surface of your socket. 

If you undergo a partial shoulder replacement, Dr. Khatib only replaces the ball joint.

After placing your new prosthetics, Dr. Khatib moves your arm to ensure the joints work. He stitches up your incisions and moves you to a recovery room for observation.

What is recovery like following shoulder replacement?

Following shoulder replacement, it’s normal to experience some pain, sensitivity, and swelling. Dr. Khatib writes a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics to ease discomfort and lower your risk of infection. 

As your shoulder begins to heal, you participate in physical therapy. Physical therapy uses special strengthening exercises and stretches to restore your shoulder’s range-of-motion. Be patient and commit to your treatment plan. You can return to most normal activities within 4-6 weeks.

To see if you’re a candidate for shoulder replacement, schedule an appointment at NJOSM Clinic. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.