Management of Failed Hemiarthroplasty With Reverse Prosthesis

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Rotator cuff arthropathy has been historically treated with humeral hemiarthroplasty and, more recently, reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Patients that undergo shoulder hemiarthroplasty may have persistent symptoms or develop new symptoms secondary to glenoid erosions and/or shoulder instability, mainly pain and limited mobility. Revision to a reverse shoulder replacement is a viable salvage option in these patients.

The objective of this article is to describe the surgical technique for revising a shoulder hemiarthroplasty into a reverse prosthesis.

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