Shoulder Replacement Bone Loss

Failed shoulder replacement surgery can result in bone loss, which may make revision more difficult and lead to permanent disability. You could be entitled to compensation if the shoulder replacement bone loss you experienced was the result of a defective implant.

Legal Help for Victims of Bone Loss Following Shoulder Replacement

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is providing free legal reviews to patients who were forced to undergo shoulder replacement revision sugery due to bone loss. To learn more, please contact one of our attorneys today by calling (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your legal options.

Complications Associated With Shoulder Replacement Surgery

While they are not as common as hip or knee replacements, shoulder replacement surgeries are becoming more popular. In fact, roughly 35,000 Americans undergo these procedures every year. Ideally, a shoulder replacement should last 10 to 20 years before revision needs to be considered. However, sometimes things go wrong, and early replacement is required. Common reasons for shoulder revision include:

  • Infection
  • Prosthesis loosening or malposition
  • Significant Bone Loss
  • Instability and Weakness
  • Component erosion or wear
  • Device Failures
  • Fractures

Bone loss following shoulder replacement  may affect both the glenoid (socket) and humeral side of the joint. However, studies have shown that component loosening and bone deficiency is more common on the glenoid side. Loosening of the glenoid component after total shoulder replacement or progressive glenoid wear following a hemiarthroplasty can both lead to glenoid bone loss.

In February 2016, a study published in the Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery suggested that one particular type of shoulder replacement component – a short-stemmed humeral prosthesis-was associated with a higher percentage of radiolucency on imaging screens. The appearance of radiolucent lines on x-rays may be an indication of bone loss. In this this study, radiolucent zones of any size were seen in 71.0% of short-stemmed shoulder recipients, with 8.7% of these shoulders identified as having humeral stems at risk of future loosening.

Suffered Bone Loss After Shoulder Replacement? Contact an Attorney Today.

A defective prosthesis could be to blame for any bone loss that followed shoulder replacement surgery. In such cases, the manufacturer of the device may owe you compensation for your injury-related damages, including:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

If you would like to learn more about filing a shoulder replacement lawsuit, please contact our office today by calling (888) 994-5118.

  1. AAOS (2011) “Shoulder Joint Replacement”
  2. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery (2016) “Radiographic evaluation of short-stem press-fit total shoulder arthroplasty: short-term follow-up.”
Last Modified: August 24, 2016

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