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It’s natural to have pain after an operation. But everyone is different so it’s not possible to say exactly how you’ll feel. You’ll be given painkillers straight after your operation. You’ll usually have some to take home too. There’s more about pain after shoulder replacement surgery in our aftercare and recovery sections.
It usually takes three to six months to recover from this type of shoulder surgery. But you might find your shoulder function continues to get better for up to a year. There is more about recovery in the section ‘Recovering from shoulder replacement’.
Shoulder replacement is generally very successful, with implants lasting as long as 20 years. As with any joint replacement, the implant can loosen or wear out over time. But overall, only one in 10 people needs revision surgery within 10 years of their operation. For more information see the section ‘Types of shoulder replacement’.
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