Early results of a reverse design prosthesis in the treatment of arthritis of the shoulder in elderly patients with a large rotator cuff tear

Orthopedics. 2002 Feb;25(2):129-33. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-20020201-16.


Results of shoulder arthroplasty in patients with a deficient rotator cuff often are suboptimal with significant limitations in postoperative active mobility. Short-term results using a reverse design prosthesis in the treatment of the cuff-deficient arthritic shoulder are encouraging. This prosthesis compares favorably, particularly with regard to postoperative active anterior elevation, to other treatment options in this challenging patient population.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthritis / physiopathology
  • Arthroplasty / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis*
  • Male
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Shoulder / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome