Clin Should Elbow.  2011 Jun;14(1):125-133.

Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Techniques and Pitfalls

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea. ohjh1@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of the present article is to help orthopedic surgeons better understand the function and performance of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, and also to help them perform the most proper surgical technique for reconstruction.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
In this article, the specific technical aspects and pitfalls of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty were reviewed in depth. Additionally, the current issues relevant to the reverse total shoulder arthroplasty such as scapular notching and restoration of active external rotation were discussed.
RESULTS
AND CONCLUSION: An understanding of the biomechanics of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty and the technical details and pitfalls of its implantation are critical in order to provide the best functional outcome without increasing the risk of complications.


MeSH Terms

Arthroplasty
Biomechanics
Orthopedics
Shoulder
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