FAQs: Shoulder - Outcomes
What is the incidence of nerve damage in shoulder surgery?
nerve damage following most common shoulder procedures is extremely rare.
permanaent nerve injury after a nerve block (interscalene block) is less than 0.1%. see: interscalene block
large complex open procedures, such as revision shoulder replacements or complex fracture or tumour surgery are more likely to have a risk of significant nerve damage, but again this is not common.