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What are the risks I should consider before the shoulder reconstruction procedure?

As with any surgery, shoulder reconstruction does involve small risks, and while complications are rare, sometimes they do occur.

Most shoulder reconstructions are successful procedures. However, common complications can occur even when surgeries go smoothly.

Potential complications associated with this procedure include:

  • Side effects caused by the anesthetic
  • Infection
  • Rotator cuff damage
  • Stiffness or restricted range of motion
  • Nerve and blood vessel damage
  • Prosthetic misalignment or loosening
  • Bone fracture
  • Joint dislocation or partial dislocation 
  • Allergic reaction

Patients should try to achieve optimal health before the procedure. The initial wellness of the patient will also help in a smooth recovery. Also, they should make sure they are prepared for recovery after the procedure.

In rare instances, if the artificial shoulder joint fails or wears out, patients will require revision surgery to remove and replace the joint prostheses. Often, revision surgeries are elective, rare exceptions are infection and dislocations. A very small percentage of complications may be life-threatening.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/