Shoulder Replacement: Complex Revision Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists: serving in Austin, Cedar Park and Round Rock, TX

As leading orthopaedic surgeons in North Austin, TX, Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip are experienced in complicated procedures and treatment options, including complex revision of shoulder replacement surgeries to help patients correct issues and restore function and range of motion to the joint.

Complex Revision of Shoulder Replacement Q & A

Why does revision of shoulder replacement need to be performed?

In most cases, shoulder replacement surgery is performed successfully and without complications. But in rare cases, the joint replacement procedure may not be successful, resulting in failure or loosening of the artificial joint components, infection, or other complications that require the surgery to be revised in order to repair the damage and restore function and mobility to the joint.

What are the most common causes of shoulder replacement revision?

The most common causes for shoulder replacement revision surgery include:

  • joint stiffness

  • decreased or impaired range of motion or flexibility

  • infection

  • persistent pain

  • loosening of the joint components

  • dislocation

  • fracture

  • shifting or poor positioning of the joint components

  • instability

  • rotator cuff failure

Is complex shoulder replacement revision complicated?

The complexity of your procedure depends on the type of damage or injury that's occurred as well as the health of the joint tissue and other factors. A complex revision of shoulder replacement surgery requires a surgeon with experience and skill in order to maintain the integrity of the joint and to ensure the joint functions well following the revision procedure.

In a complex revision of a shoulder replacement joint, does the entire joint need to be replaced?

Not necessarily. Sometimes, just a single component will need to be replaced. Before your revision surgery takes place, you'll undergo a complete evaluation of the joint, including passive range-of-motion exercises and imaging tests like x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or you may undergo arthroscopy to see inside the joint so the damage can be evaluated. Once your evaluation is complete, it will be easier to tell if the entire joint requires replacement or if only one component has failed.

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