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What are complications of shoulder replacement surgery?

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As with any operation, there’s a chance of complications. These may include:

Infection or bleeding around the joint: You’ll probably get antibiotics after your surgery to lower your chances of an infection.

Dislocation: This happens when the ball slips out of the socket.

Nerves around your shoulder may get damaged during surgery: They usually recover.

After years of use, the replacement joint may become loose or separate from the bone: You may need surgery to fix it.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Joint Replacement.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement.”

The Arthritis Foundation: “Shoulder Surgery.”

Emory Healthcare: “Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.”

University of Washington School of Orthoaedics and Sports Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement,” “Shoulder Joint Replacement at the University of Washington.”

California Pacific Medical Center: “Partial Shoulder Replacement - Basics.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Recovering from Shoulder Replacement Surgery.”

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: “Outcomes after shoulder replacement: comparison between reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Joint Replacement.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement.”

The Arthritis Foundation: “Shoulder Surgery.”

Emory Healthcare: “Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.”

University of Washington School of Orthoaedics and Sports Medicine: “Total Shoulder Replacement,” “Shoulder Joint Replacement at the University of Washington.”

California Pacific Medical Center: “Partial Shoulder Replacement - Basics.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Recovering from Shoulder Replacement Surgery.”

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: “Outcomes after shoulder replacement: comparison between reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 21, 2017

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