It appears that total shoulder replacement can be performed with a high degree of patient satisfaction, with few complications, and with long-term results which certainly appear to rival the success of other arthroplasties. However, the technique is extremely demanding and requires an experienced shoulder surgeon, who must successfully resolve numerous intraoperative variables and problems, must be able to deal with factors which may affect the stability and strength of the implant, and must individualize the postoperative rehabilitation according to quality of bone and soft tissue, as well as the specific needs and desires of the patient. However, when performed technically satisfactorily with proper patient selection, with meticulous attention to the details of the soft tissue surrounding the implant, and with attention to the postoperative rehabilitation, the results have been impressive. Total shoulder replacement has successfully taken its place in the armamentarium of other total joint replacements which have dramatically altered the quality of life in the arthritic patient.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1988|