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  1. Brown, Frederick M. Jr.


Shoulder arthroplasties are not performed as often as hip and knee arthroplasties. Therefore, the comfort level of caring for these patients may vary amongst nurses. This article will discuss the various types of shoulder arthroplasties, and the postoperative care required for these patients including physical assessment skills, sling management, postural maintenance, activity and range of motion restrictions, and pain management. In addition, the need for a multidisciplinary team approach and discharge planning are discussed. Excellent nursing care, a multidisciplinary approach, and thorough patient education will add to the success of the surgical outcome.