Shoulder Replacement Revision Surgery

While most shoulder replacements are successful, failures can occur for a variety of reasons. In such cases, additional surgery may be required to remove and replace the prosthesis.  If shoulder replacement revision surgery is the result of defective implants, patients may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to their injuries.

Lawsuit Reviews for Shoulder Revision Patients

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free legal reviews to individuals who were forced to undergo shoulder replacement revision due to a failed implant. To discuss a case with a member of our legal team, please call (888) 994-5118.

What is Revision of a Shoulder Replacement Necessary?

A successful shoulder replacement should last between 10 to 20 years. Some factors that will influence the longevity of a procedure include the patient’s age, the physical demands placed on the shoulder, whether or not the initial procedure affected the dominant hand, and the patient’s compliance with limitations.

A shoulder replacement can fail for a number of reasons, the most common include:

  • Persistent pain
  • Stiffness
  • Infection
  • Component loosening
  • Fracture
  • Component malposition
  • Osteolysis
  • Instability
  • Rotator cuff failure

If a shoulder replacement fails, revision surgery may be recommended. These procedures are more complex than initial replacement surgeries, and are associated with a higher rate of complications.

Dislocation is probably the most common complication associated with shoulder replacement revision surgery. This occurs when the prosthesis has shifted or becomes loose.

Study Suggests Certain Shoulder Implants Linked to Higher Rates of Revision

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 overall rate of device loosening and revision surgery. The authors of the study analyzed three years of data involving patients who had undergone short-stem shoulder replacement, and found that the overall revision rate for humeral loosening was 8.2%.

Legal Options for Victims of Failed Shoulder Replacement

If you or a loved one were forced to undergo shoulder replacement revision surgery due to a failed prosthesis, the manufacturer of that device could be liable for your injuries. As such, you may be eligible to file a shoulder replacement lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injury-related damages, including:

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

The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are now investigating legal claims related to a defective shoulder prosthesis. If you underwent shoulder revision surgery due to a failed implant, please contact our office at (888) 994-5118 to obtain a free, no-obligation review of your case.

  1. AAOS (2011) “Shoulder Joint Replacement” http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00094
  2. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery (2016) “Radiographic evaluation of short-stem press-fit total shoulder arthroplasty: short-term follow-up.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26897311
Last Modified: August 24, 2016

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