Shoulder Replacements

Shoulder Replacement Lawsuits

Since the first shoulder replacement procedure was performed in the 1950s, shoulder replacements have become quite common in the United States.  It is estimated that more than 50,000 Americans undergo shoulder replacement surgery each year.   Total shoulder joint replacement is indicated for pain caused by arthritis or when the shoulder is severely fractured or broken.  Arthritis necessitating surgery can be caused by fracture, rheumatoid disease, torn rotator cuff tendons, or just by wear and tear over time.  The shoulder joint is known as a “ball and socket joint.”  The “ball” portion of the joint consists of the upper portion of the arm bone, which is called the humeral head.   The “socket” portion of the joint is made of the glenoid, which is a part of the shoulder blade.  The ball is held in the socket by ligaments and by the rotator cuff tendons.  In shoulder replacement surgery, the ball is replaced by a metal component which is attached to a stem component.  The stem portion of the device is inserted into the patient’s humerus. The socket joint is replaced with a plastic component which is cemented into the shoulder blade.  The unique design of the shoulder joint allows the shoulder to rotate at a greater range of motion than any other joint in the body.

Faulty Replacement Devices

Although the complication rate associated with shoulder replacement procedures is said to be less than 5%, those who experience complications can find themselves dealing with immense pain, significantly limited range of motion, the need for additional surgery, large medical bills, and time away from work. Although a shoulder replacement device is supposed to last for around ten years, the implantation of a faulty device can lead to device failure shortly after implantation.  In many cases, complications associated with a shoulder replacement procedure may be due to the design of the prosthetic or the materials used to manufacture the prosthetic.  Faulty devices can lead to many complications, including:

  • Severe Pain
  • Dislocation of the Device
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Bone Loss
  • Tissue Damage
  • Device Failure, Fracture or Malpositioning
  • Revision or Replacement Surgery

Contact Our Attorneys for a Free Consultation

The attorneys at Franklin D. Azar and Associates are experienced in handling shoulder replacement claims.  If you have had a shoulder replacement and have experienced negative side effects, call our attorneys for a free consultation.  If you received a faulty shoulder device, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life.