Hello there. I'm new to this board, but I need some help from you all. Last week, my mom, who is in her 60's, happened to fall on the tile floor in her kitchen. It was a pretty nasty fall. The weight of her body crushed her left shoulder, and she was in so much pain, she needed to go to the hospital right away. The doctor said that she had fractured the ball joint in her shoulder in four pieces, and that she would have to undergo a shoulder replacement surgery. She's never had arthritis, she underwent a bone density test not too long ago and came through with flying colors, and she's been taking calcium to prevent osteoporosis for what seems like forever. She can't understand how she could've hurt her shoulder that bad, and I know she's been replaying the accident in her mind. Before this happened, her day had been going so fine. She's not one to really slow down, and I know she's been really hard on herself about this, even though it was an accident, and her coordination may not be what it once was. I know she's also worried about the cost of the operation, which the doctor wants her to have this Tuesday. At first, he said three weeks, but now he wants her to have it done sooner. I know she wants to get it over with, and stop the pain. The doctor prescribed Vicodin and ice packs, but I don't know if it's helped much. She's been sleeping more, and maybe all that rest has kind of numbed the pain somewhat. At least, she's not writhing in agony. At least it wasn't her right arm, but she's still not used to having to hold her left one in a sling, without being able to move it, for fear of another dislocation. She's been trying to go through Medicaid, too, but I don't know if they're really taking her that seriously. They claim that they're backlogged with other medical claims, and that it would take longer than three weeks, just to find out if she's even accepted or denied. She feels so frustrated, as if no one cares. Plus, she's a little worried about the operation, as her doctor said that the type of fracture she suffered is one of the worst kind of shoulder injuries there is. She's also worried about the risk of infection, side effects of such an operation, and the fact that she might have to go back if the replacement joint becomes loose again down the road. She's also been trying to adjust to the fact that she's going to have to be laid up in bed for a while, even after the surgery. I wish there was something I could do or say that could make her feel better about having this surgery done. As it's not as common as hip or knee replacement, I wish I knew more about the outcomes of this type of surgery, her options, and any other important information that I should know. I know she's trying to be positive, and "psych herself up" to keep from worrying so much, and I've been helping her as much as I can, but it's hard. I wish I coud make it all just go away. My question to you all is threefold: 1. Have any of you gone through a similar experience, 2. Did you come through it okay, and 3. Is there any advice you can give that might help my mom feel at least a little better about what she's about to go through? Also, what is the success rate for these types of procedures? Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. I love her a lot, and worry about her, too. Thanks again for listening.