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Do I need a shoulder or elbow joint replacement?

You may need a joint replacement if your pain can't be reduced enough by other treatments (such as drugs, injections or physiotherapy) and it's affecting your quality of life.

Increasingly, joint replacements are carried out to deal with fractures close to the joints. This is only the case if the fracture can't be fixed reliably and your lifestyle and other factors make you suitable for a shoulder or elbow replacement.

Joint replacement surgery should be considered carefully in consultation with your surgeon and any other healthcare professionals who are helping you (such as a GP, physiotherapist or nurse) and with your family and friends. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on what the surgery involves and on the pros and cons of having or delaying an operation.

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