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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2009 February;60(1):47-52

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Resection arthroplasty of the shoulder

Duncan S. F. M. 1, Sperling J. W. 2, Kakinoki R. 3

1 Mayo Health System; Owatonna, MN, USA 2 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA 3 Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan


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Resection arthroplasty of the shoulder can be utilized for several challenging clinical situations. The three most commonly encountered reasons for resection arthroplasty of the shoulder are: infection, trauma, and tumor. The procedure is technically easy to perform for the surgeon who is familiar with the anatomy of the shoulder. Several studies have shown that it can lead to resolution of infection. The procedure’s major weakness, however, is patients in general have poor functional outcome. Nonetheless, resection arthroplasty of the shoulder is an important option in the treatment of complex shoulder problems related to infection, trauma, and tumor. It is an especially viable option in elderly patients with suboptimal mental and physical conditions who are in intractable pain.

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