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Shoulder & Elbow Replacement Surgery

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The pain of osteoarthritis in your shoulder or elbow can force you to limit the activities you perform every day, from using your computer to carrying a bag of groceries. Daily, constant pain can even reduce your participation in social events and your time with family and friends.

By the Numbers

15,000+ Orthopaedic surgeries performed annually

200,000+ Orthopaedic visits each year

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UR Medicine's Approach

Arthritis Pain Management

Before it's time for joint replacement surgery, our Arthritis Non-operative Pain Management team can provide non-operative treatment options to reduce or eliminate your joint pain. We start with an individual assessment then we create a custom treatment program that's right for you. If you're not ready for a joint replacement, start with our non-operative orthopaedic doctors to help you get back to your favorite activities.

Knee Replacement Surgery

UR Medicine surgeons are all fellowship trained and specialize in joint replacements. We rely on the latest surgical approaches to get you back to your daily activities faster and with less pain. We break down your journey into manageable steps, which we cover in our patient education materials.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine Orthopaedics & Physical Performance offers world-class medical and surgical support for patients experiencing joint pain and considering a joint replacement.

Fellowship Trained

Only at UR Medicine Orthopaedics and Physical Performance can you find all surgeons board certified and fellowship trained. Because of our surgeons advanced training and expertise, we treat the most complex medical conditions, including complicated revision surgeries.

Exceptional Experience

Our team will coach and care for you from preparation through recovery, with your recovery team by your side every step of your journey. At UR Medicine you can expect:

  • Advanced Care and Comfortable Environment
    Our patients have access to the newest treatments and most advanced orthopaedic operating rooms. Both Highland Hospital and F. F. Thompson Hospital are easy to navigate and provide the compassionate care you expect at a community hospital. 
  • Exceptional Outcomes and High Satisfaction
    Our patients routinely give us high satisfaction ratings based on their outcomes and overall experience, which places your privacy and comfort as priorities.
  • Dedicated Anesthesia and Pain Management
    The anesthesiologists specialize in joint replacement surgery and tailor medication protocols to each patient, helping you get back on your feet sooner and recover with fewer side effects.

Recognized for Excellence

Both Highland Hospital and F.F. Thompson are recognized for excellence in Hip and Knee Replacement and Rehabilitation by the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval, the national organization that sets exacting healthcare standards for surgery.


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We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

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11 locations

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Evarts Joint Center - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

Noyes Health Orthopaedics - Geneseo

Specialty Medical Office
50 East South Street, Suite A
Geneseo, NY 14454

Orthopaedic Surgery - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Orthopaedic Clinic - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

Patient Education & Support

Physical Therapy Exercises

To speed your recovery, it is important to be familiar with the exercises you will do after surgery. We recommend that you perform each exercise 3-5 times per day for 10-20 repetitions, if able to do so pain-free. If you are in too much pain, simply familiarize yourself with the exercises.

Wrist Flexion/Extension Exercise
While in your sling, slowly bend your wrist back and forth as far as you are able. Use your other hand to assist and apply a gentle stretch. Hold for 5 seconds at each position.

Ball/Towel Squeeze Exercise
Squeeze a ball or rolled up towel and hold for 3 seconds.

Elbow Extension Exercise (You may not take your sling off for 24 hours after surgery. Do not perform this exercise until then.)
Carefully take arm out of sling, keep arm at your side. With the help of your non-surgical hand, gently bend and straighten your elbow through a comfortable range. Hold for 5 seconds at each position.

Standing Arm Hang Passive Flexion Stretch
Slowly bend forward at the waist to allow your arm to hang towards the floor. (This is also the position that should be used to put on a shirt as well as wash your underarm or apply deodorant.)

Joint Replacement Patient Information

You make the difference! You will play a huge role in your recovery and it is important that you prepare for your surgery and participate in your recovery. The resources below will help you play an active role at every stage of your journey.

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