Revision Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Tim Kavanaugh, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

Individuals experiencing shoulder discomfort with a lack of results from nonsurgical treatments often undergo shoulder replacement. However, if you experience continuous discomfort or weakness due to infection, malposition, or fracture, you may need revision shoulder replacement. Dr. Kavanaugh and his team at Tim Kavanaugh, MD, are experts in delivering shoulder replacement surgery and revising procedures that need additional care. Call the Mesa or Phoenix, Arizona, office or use the online booking tool today to determine if revision shoulder replacement is necessary for you.

Revision Shoulder Replacement Q&A

What is revision shoulder replacement?

If you experience persistent pain or discomfort after receiving total shoulder replacement, you may need revision shoulder replacement. Though results are often positive with your first procedure, complications can affect the success of your shoulder replacement, such as:

  • Bone spurs
  • Scar tissue
  • Injury to nerves during surgery 
  • Soft tissue imbalance

A lack of support from the muscles surrounding your shoulder may also affect your results from the previous surgery, requiring the additional procedure.

What is the procedure for revision shoulder replacement?

After a thorough evaluation by Dr. Kavanaugh, including a physical evaluation and X-rays, he determines if revision shoulder replacement is the best option for you.

Typically, you receive anesthesia to begin your procedure. Dr. Kavanaugh positions you to ensure optimal comfort. Throughout your procedure, infection, fractures, scar tissue, and other obstructing structures or complications are removed or repaired to stabilize your shoulder. 

Muscular and neurovascular structures receive additional care to repair damage from the previous surgery and prevent further issues. If Dr. Kavanaugh decides it’s necessary to replace the implants from your previous surgery entirely, he will do so with efficiency and care, securing your shoulder in place.

What does recovery look like?

You may need to stay at the medical center for a couple of days after your procedure. Upon returning home, you should keep your arm in a sling to make sure you restrict movement. Once cleared to move your shoulder, you should exercise regularly, practicing grip strengthening and elbow range of motion, to return to daily activities as soon as possible.  

Revision shoulder replacement often requires a longer recovery than your previous procedure, so you should anticipate restricting movement and practicing exercises for an extended amount of time to ensure positive results. 

Dr. Kavanaugh and his trustworthy team at Tim Kavanaugh, MD, prioritize the health and comfort of their patients. You can rest assured you’re in good hands when you visit the office in Mesa or Phoenix, Arizona. To learn more about revision shoulder replacement, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.