Before performing the shoulder replacement, your doctor will prescribe a complete physical examination to assess your condition and to ensure that there are no risk factors that could interfere with your operation.
Your doctor may ask you for a blood test, urine test and possibly a cardiogram prior to your surgery.
CHECK YOUR SKIN
If your arm and/or shoulder have any skin infections or irritation, contact your orthopaedic surgeon prior to surgery: he or she will tell you how best to prepare your skin for surgery.
CHECK YOUR TEETH
The incidence of infection after shoulder replacement is very low, but even an infection far from the joint can spread through the bloodstream to the shoulder. Prevention is the best way to avoid complications. Contact your dentist to have your teeth checked before your shoulder replacement surgery.
Prior to surgery, provide your surgeon with a complete list of your medications, including doses and times. He or she will inform you if you need to stop or change any medication.
Following the procedure, special equipment, such as an arm brace, may be required. You can rent or buy these from specialized shops. Check with your physiotherapist.