Surgical Considerations in Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Shoulder

Konrad I. Gruson, Evan L. Flatow

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Abstract

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and intractable shoulder pain present unique challenges to the orthopedic surgeon. The inflammatory process affects not only the articular surfaces, but causes significant damage to the soft tissue restraints as well. Depending on the stage of the disease and the status of the rotator cuff musculature, various surgical options, including synovectomy, bursectomy, and shoulder arthroplasty, may be indicated. Total shoulder arthroplasty has demonstrated superior long-term results in glenohumeral arthritis with an intact rotator cuff. Hemiarthroplasty and humeral resurfacing are typically reserved for cases of poor glenoid bone stock or massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty may have a role in these cuff-deficient cases but glenoid fixation in end-stage cases remains a challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Arthroplasty
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Arthroplasty
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rotator Cuff
Hemiarthroplasty
Intractable Pain
Shoulder Pain
Arthritis
Joints
Bone and Bones
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Orthopedic Surgeons

Keywords

  • humeral resurfacing
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • rotator cuff tear
  • shoulder arthroplasty

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  • Surgery

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Surgical Considerations in Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Shoulder. / Gruson, Konrad I.; Flatow, Evan L.

In: Seminars in Arthroplasty, Vol. 19, No. 1, 03.2008, p. 15-18.

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