More than 90% of shoulder replacement implants last more than 10 years, according to a large study that examined data on nearly 18,000 people who underwent the procedure.

The study led by the University of Exeter and the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC), was published in The Lancet Rheumatology.

Still Working Well and Beneficial

According to the study, at 10 years, more than 90% of shoulder replacements were still working well, and that patients continued to report that the operation had benefited them.

“Our findings provide valuable and overdue information for patients and clinicians considering shoulder replacement surgery. To our knowledge, this study is the first to provide a simple and generalizable answer to two very important questions: how long does a shoulder replacement last, and will my shoulder be better in the long-term after surgery?

“We found that shoulder replacements have a sustained positive effect on patients’ lives for at least ten years, in more than 90 percent of cases. Our data will also be useful for those commissioning health-care services enabling them to plan the provision of future revision services.”

Jon Evans, Orthopaedic Registrar and NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the collaboration

[Source(s): University of Exeter, EurekAlert]

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