A shoulder replacement requires a general anaesthetic. A moderate sized incision is placed on the front of your shoulder with one tendon being partially detached to access your joint. The replacement is inserted, and the soft tissue including your tendon is repaired.
The risks of shoulder replacement include the risks of shoulder surgery mentioned later in this booklet, but also include dislocation and/ or failure of the implant. If the joint dislocates, it may require a general anaesthetic to re-locate by manipulation, or in some instances, the replacement implants will need to be changed. A shoulder replacement is like anything man-made, capable of wearing out in your lifetime, and occasionally the implant may wear out earlier than expected or may stop working e and require revision replacement.
Revision replacement in the shoulder is complex, as there is a relatively little bone to work with compared to a joint like a hip, and revision replacements do not usually function as well as the initial implant. At times there can be insufficient bone to revise the implant which will result in very poor shoulder function and symptoms. Due to these risks, it is imperative to make sure a shoulder replacement is the right operation for you, and the decision-making process will involve an extensive discussion with Mr Jarrett.