Management of complications after reverse shoulder arthroplasty

Hanbing S. Zhou, Justin S. Chung, Paul H. Yi, Xinning Li, Mark D. Price

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Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) has become the treatment of choice for patients with rotator cuff arthropathy. Complication rate after RTSA has been reported to be three to five times that of conventional total shoulder arthroplasty. Intraoperative and postoperative complications include neurological injury, infection, dislocation or instability, acromial or scapular spine fracture, hematoma, and scapular notching. Knowledge of optimal component placement along with preoperative planning and recognition of risk factors are essential in optimizing patient outcome. The purpose of this review article is to identify the most common and serious complications associated with the RTSA and discuss the current methods of management. Complications after RTSA pose a significant challenge for healthcare providers and economic burden to society. Therefore, it is essential to make the proper diagnosis and develop and implement early management plans to improve patient outcome and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Complication
  • Management
  • Reverse shoulder arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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