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Online ISSN 1827-1707
Dines J. S. 1, Uggen C. 2, Kerker J. 2, Dines D. M. 3,4
1 Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Los Angeles, CA, USA
2 Unit of Orthopaedic Surgery Long Island Jewish Medical Center New Hyde Park, NY, USA
3 Unit of Orthopaedic Surgery Albert Einstein College of Medicine at LIJ, New Hyde Park, NY, USA
4 Hospital for Special Surgery New York, NY, USA
Revision shoulder arthroplasty is a technically demanding procedure even to the most experienced shoulder surgeons. With increasing numbers of primary shoulder arthroplasty, one can expect increased numbers of required revision surgery. Etiologies making revision shoulder arthroplasty necessary are often multifactorial and difficult to classify. A complete patient work up and careful radiographic assessment are mandatory to evaluate component wear, soft-tissue deficiencies, osseous deficiencies, and periprosthetic fractures. In addition, component infection must be ruled out. The purpose of this report is to review the complications of shoulder arthroplasty and provide a comprehensive and logical approach to revision surgery.