Research Article| Volume 5, ISSUE 3, P159-166, August 2005

Shoulder Arthroplasty for Cuff Deficiency: Indications, Technique, and Results

  • Christopher Uggen
    Address reprint requests to Christopher Uggen, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
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  • David M. Dines
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
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      Cuff-tear arthropathy is a progressive and often disabling pathologic process affecting the shoulder. With a growing elderly population, the incidence is increasing. Initial treatment is conservative; however, when conservative treatment fails then surgery is indicated. To date, the best results for the surgical treatment of cuff-tear arthropathy appear to be for patients treated with hemiarthroplasty. This report reviews our use of hemiarthroplasty with extended-coverage humeral head prosthesis in the surgical management of cuff-tear arthropathy.
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