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86 years old with very painful shoulder, Dr. wants to do

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86 years old with very painful shoulder, Dr. wants to do replacement, I have concerns at my age, what other options might I have to live with shoulder
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 7 months ago.
The age by it's self is not really against shoulder's surgery. True, the surgical risk might be above the average, but not necessary prohibitive. It all depends on your condition and if you have heart or lung conditions, or other medical conditions. Evaluation by your family doctor and a heart doctor often help guidance through surgery. Yes, there are alternatives to surgery though they might not be as effective. They involve local shots into the shoulder joint, which some times very helpful though might not be durable. You could also see a pain management doctor who can help you with more pain control alternative including nerve blocks. All of this depends on how extensive your shoulder arthritis is and if it is associated with pain or or other disabilities. Most commonly, surgery is performed for pain control. If you are not having any significant pain and are able to function well, you could consider not have the surgery at all. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 7 months ago.
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