Can Shoulder Narrowing and Hip Implants Be Done At The Same Time?
Q: Dr. Eppley, Can shoulder narrowing surgery and hip implants be done at the same time? This has some obvious advantages in terms of efficiency but what about the recovery?
A: The question is not whether one can have both shoulder narrowing and hip implants done at the same time, as that can be done technically, but whether it makes the recovery very difficult in he short term. (which it would)
From that perspective it makes sense to do the hip implants first (as it requires laying on your side for each side and requires a drain which needs to stay in for awhile) and then the shoulder reduction. Or do them separately months apart when one is fully recovered from the first procedure.
I hate to separate them as described due to the logistical impact on the patient but i also don’t want to put a patient into an adverse and very difficult recovery. Each procedure affects mobility from their respective upper and lower torso involvements. It is one thing to affect one torso range of motion/movement but it can be quite another when the entire torsi is affected. (high and low)
Dr. Barry Eppley