How efficient is the shoulder replacement surgery?
A rough and variable estimate is that a shoulder replacement should last between 15 to 20 years, but we often see the replacement last longer in some patients.
It is difficult to predict accurately how long each patient's shoulder replacement will last. The materials used currently are different and significantly improved from those used a decade ago.
Also, when you require a subsequent shoulder replacement procedure, your doctor will redo the entire joint rather than only some parts. But that is rarely necessary. Most shoulder replacement patients that go through proper and extensive post-operative rehabilitation achieve the maximum benefit of shoulder replacement surgery.
Recently, there have been prosthetic design advancements that may allow you to successfully return to active lifestyles and the activities that you enjoy. You may be able to go back to playing tennis, golf, baseball or numerous other physically demanding activities with less pain.