← Return to Shoulder Replacement: Alternative options for arthritis?

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I am 63, and am planning a shoulder replacement with a reversal in a couple months. This is due to arthritis and a rotator cuff surgery I had years ago that did not go well. My other shoulder is also causing me pain at this time, so my internal medicine doctor feels I will need surgery on that one in the future. It seems ostioarthritis is reeking havoc on my body. I am in pain constantly, and am tired of shots and replacements. I am afraid of the surgery,but I do trust my surgeon. Sometimes it just gets to be a lot. My main problem was crohns disease and the arthritis came along with it as a gift. This all started when I was about 16. How time flies.So far,I have had my right knee replaced, fingers on both hands repaired lots of surgery on my hands and wrists, A knuckle on my right. hand replaced. The pain is better in my hands now. I've hand surgery for a ruptured disc in my back. For years it was better, but now I have degenerative disc disease.Which means lots of shots in my back and neck, and hey I seem to have shrunk! Due to the crohn's, I have no large intestine,and am missing enough of my small intestine that I cannot absorb nutrients from food anymore,so, no eating. I am fed by a catheter that goes to my heart and veins, so by passes stomach.Should have ate more pizza and tacos when I could have. There is more, but I think I have vented enough. Anyhow, I really hope this shoulder surgery is a success. I have a 5 month old grandson I want to be able to play with and push on the swings! Life has been interesting, and I still hope to be here and continue to pursue it. Anyhow, I was interested you who were discussing stem cells? I have not heard of this,and I plan to ask my doctor about this. Any success with this? Thanks for listening.

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Hello @wwill, while we wait for others to chime in, here is a discussion you may find worth your time to look through, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/stem-cell-therapy-for-rotator-cuff-tears/ - It is a discussion on the topic of stem cells for rotator tears and arthritis. You also mentioned a reverse shoulder replacement, here is another discussion on that specific type of shoulder replacement, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/reverse-shoulder-replacement/.