Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty

Filippo Familiari, Jorge Rojas, Mahmut Nedim Doral, Gazi Huri, Edward G. McFarland

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▪ Since the introduction of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) in 1987 (in Europe) and 2004 (in the United States), the number of RTSAs performed annually has increased. ▪ Although the main indication for RTSA has been rotator cuff tears, indications have expanded to include several shoulder conditions, many of which involve dysfunction of the rotator cuff. ▪ RTSA complications have been reported to affect 19% to 68% of patients and include acromial fracture, haematoma, infection, instability, mechanical baseplate failure, neurological injury, periprosthetic fracture and scapular notching. ▪ Current controversies in RTSA include optimal baseplate positioning, humeral neck-shaft angle (135° versus 155°), glenosphere placement (medial, lateral or bony increased offset RTSA) and subscapularis repair. ▪ Improvements in prosthesis design, surgeon experience and clinical results will need to occur to optimize this treatment for many shoulder conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-69
Number of pages12
JournalEFORT Open Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • Clinical outcomes
  • Complications
  • Contraindications
  • Indications
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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