What is Shoulder Revision?

Occasionally, a previously successful shoulder replacement surgery requires later adjustment or repair because of unexpected complications or the effects of wear and tear upon the prosthetic joint. Failed shoulder surgeries can happen for a variety of reasons, including instability, failure to fully heal, a post-surgery infection or undiagnosed nerve damage. A substantial amount of patients will experience a failed surgery as all procedures run a risk of not being successful. Individual statistics for each procedure can be discussed when reviewing surgical options with your orthopedic surgeon. Revision surgeries can often restore mobility and wellbeing when the benefits of a prior surgery begin to fade.


Sometimes the body does not respond to a shoulder surgery as originally hoped. Additionally, the positive effects of an original procedure sometimes decrease over time. When results are lacking and symptoms become prevalent, revision surgery may be necessary to support the optimal functioning of your shoulder.


Reasons a previous surgery may not have been as successful as patient or surgeon expectations may include:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Limited mobility in and around the affected area
  • Slow or limited healing
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Instability
  • Secondary conditions

The OrthoCARE Treatment Approach

If you feel the need to revisit or amend a prior shoulder surgery, the highly experienced orthopedic surgeons at OrthoCARE Institute are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Before exploring the option of additional surgery, we will guide you in the consideration of conservative treatments, which can often eliminate pain. Physical therapy, hot and cold treatment and temporary immobilization can be extremely effective in alleviating the negative effects that you may be experiencing. As a division of the vertically-integrated Lumin Health system, OrthoCARE Institute is also able to provide convenient, timely referrals to pain management experts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Sometimes advanced pain management techniques can also reduce the need for another surgery.

If non-surgical care fails to provide sufficient results, our team offers a number of revision surgeries to address the underlying issue behind your remaining discomfort. Many of the procedures we perform are implemented using minimally invasive techniques, which employs tiny incisions to provide many benefits, such as:

  • Shorter recovery times and hospital stays
  • Reduced risk of scarring
  • Lowered blood loss
  • Notably less trauma to surrounding tissues and muscle
  • Greater long-term success
  • Less post-operative pain

For more information about our shoulder revision surgery options or OrthoCARE Institute, call us directly at 972-255-5588 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. As the premier bone, joint and spinal center in North Texas, we are committed to administering compassionate, patient-centric care that regularly exceeds expectations.

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