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Shoulder Arthroplasty

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about shoulder arthroplasty?

Shoulder arthroplasty is surgery to replace part or all of your shoulder joint. Your joint may need to be replaced because of disease or injury.

Shoulder Anatomy

How do I prepare for a shoulder arthroplasty?

What will happen during a shoulder arthroplasty?

What will happen after a shoulder arthroplasty?

What are the risks of shoulder arthroplasty?

The parts of the new joint may loosen. Your shoulder may become unstable. The bones around the parts may break. You may get an infection. The nerves, blood vessels, or muscles around your shoulder may get damaged during surgery. The ligaments and tendons around your shoulder may also get damaged. You may develop blood clots in your arm. You may not be able to lift your arm. You may need more surgeries to fix any problems.

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