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Shoulder FAQ


As a child, I had an infection in my shoulder that has since become arthritic. Now I need a shoulder joint replacement. Is this a common problem?


No. In fact it’s so uncommon that the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota reports only 13 cases in 25 years. And that’s out of 2,568 patients who had a shoulder replacement. Many studies report this is more common in hips and knees. The reason for this difference is unknown. Joseph Mileti, MD, et al. Shoulder Arthroplasty For the Treatment of Postinfectious Glenohumeral Arthritis. In The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. April 2003. Vol. 85-A. No. 4. Pp. 609-614.

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