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Arthrosc Tech. 2017 Sep 25;6(5):e1691-e1695. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2017.06.025. eCollection 2017 Oct.

Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty With Humeral Head Autograft Fixed Onto Glenoid for Treatment of Severe Glenoid Retroversion.

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Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado, U.S.A.
The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colorado, U.S.A.


Advanced glenohumeral osteoarthritis can transform glenoid morphology and, in some cases, is found in association with severe glenoid retroversion. The associated glenoid retroversion leads to difficulty in fixation of the glenoid component in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. In the context of extreme glenoid wear, structural grafts can be used to restore glenoid volume and version in order for the glenoid component of the reverse total shoulder arthroplasty to be more easily implanted. Nevertheless, literature regarding structural grafts remains limited, with optimal graft choice and technique still controversial at best. This article details our technique for humeral head autograft transplantation before reverse total shoulder arthroplasty in the context of extreme glenoid retroversion with advanced osteoarthritis.

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