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What are the risks of shoulder replacement surgery?

The risks of having potential complications vary from person to person because each person's health status is different. Complications also depend on what type of shoulder replacement was performed.

While prosthesis materials, design, and surgical techniques continue advancing and in general, shoulder replacement complications are not common, they are nonetheless, real risks that need to be seriously considered before deciding to proceed with surgery.

Some problems that can occur after shoulder replacement surgery are:

  • Infection 
  • Glenohumeral joint instability
  • Joint dislocation or partial dislocation 
  • Stiffness in the shoulder 
  • Component failure or loosening
  • Incomplete pain relief
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Fractures of the humerus or glenoid
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Nerve injury

As with all surgery, there are also risks associated with undergoing general anesthesia, including heart attack, stroke, and even death. Make sure you discuss with your doctor about the risks and have a realistic outlook on the surgery.

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