Do I need a shoulder or elbow joint replacement?
You may need a joint replacement if your pain can't be reduced by treatments such as drugs, injections and physiotherapy; and it's affecting your quality of life. Surgery can be carried out to repair fractures close to joints. Read more
What are the possible advantages of shoulder or elbow replacement?
Shoulder or elbow joint replacement can lead to reduced joint pain, improved range of movement and a better quality of life. It may be several months before you notice the full benefits of the surgery. Read more
What are the possible disadvantages of shoulder or elbow replacement?
A replacement joint will never be as good as a normally-functioning natural joint; and will have less range of movement. It will wear out over time, but will likely last for at least 10 years. Read more
What are the alternatives to shoulder or elbow joint replacement?
Surgery will only be considered if other treatments haven't relieved your pain. There may also be less invasive surgical options, which might be more suitable than joint replacement. Read more
What are the different types of shoulder and elbow joint replacement?
There are several types of shoulder and elbow joint replacements. Discuss your options with your healthcare professionals. Read more
How should I prepare for shoulder or elbow replacement?
Being well prepared for your surgery will help you mentally, and help to ensure things go smoothly. Make sure you get answers to key questions from your hospital team before-hand. Read more
What will my recovery from shoulder or elbow replacement involve?
Immediately after your operation you'll be given some form of painkiller and have any drips and drains removed. Your recovery will also involve some physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Most people are able to leave hospital within 2–3 days. Read more
Looking after your new shoulder or elbow joint
After an elbow replacement or a total shoulder replacement, you should avoid lifting heavy loads to help make your new joint last. Read more
What are the possible complications of shoulder or elbow replacement?
As with any operation, a very small number of people may have problems after a shoulder or elbow joint replacement. Problems such as infection, stiffness, pain, or fractures, are quite minor and can be treated easily. Read more
How long will my shoulder or elbow replacement last?
There's a very good chance that your shoulder or elbow joint replacement will last for 10 years. After this time, it may loosen and wear out. A second joint replacement (revision surgery) may then be possible. Read more
Research and new developments for shoulder and elbow replacement
The number of reverse shoulder arthroplasty surgeries has increased dramatically over recent years. It's not clear how long this type of joint replacement lasts, and this is currently being studied. Read more