Surgery to replace shoulder joints is not related to any greater risk of complications than other joint surgery, a study by Johns Hopkins University has found.
In research contradicting widespread public belief, the scientists found that shoulder procedures related to arthritis have shorter hospital stays than comparable operations.
The study, conducted by Dr Edward McFarland of the university's Division of Adult Orthopaedics, analysed the outcomes of more than 50,000 operations.
"After looking at how all these patients fared, we concluded that, comparatively, total shoulder surgery is just as safe and effective as other types of arthroplasties," said Dr McFarland.
"Ninety-nine percent of the people who have a shoulder replacement for arthritis get pain relief and say that they wish they had done it sooner."
Average hospital stays following shoulder replacement surgery lasted for just 2.4 days, compared to four days for comparable procedures.
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