Effect of complications on outcomes after revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty

Robert Z. Tashjian, Erin Granger, Kortnie Broschinsky, Jun Kawakami, Peter N. Chalmers

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Background: Revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) reliably improves shoulder pain and function in patients with failed shoulder arthroplasty, although it can lead to significant postoperative complications. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of postoperative complications on shoulder pain and function after revision RTSA. Methods: We evaluated 36 patients at an average of 4.3 years (range, 2-8.6 years) after revision of a shoulder arthroplasty to RTSA. Of these patients, 9 had a failed anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty, 23 had a failed hemiarthroplasty, and 4 had a failed RTSA. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) score and visual analog scale (VAS) pain score were evaluated postoperatively, and patients with and without postoperative complications were compared. Results: The final ASES score and VAS pain score were 61 ± 23 and 2.4 ± 2.3, respectively. A major postoperative complication occurred in 7 patients (19%) (infection in 3, hematoma in 1, instability in 1, and acromial and/or scapular spine fracture in 2). Further surgical treatment was required in 5 patients (14%) (irrigation and débridement and component exchange for infection in 3, irrigation and débridement for hematoma in 1, and open reduction–internal fixation of scapular spine fracture in 1). On comparison of clinical outcomes between patients with and patients without complications, the ASES score and VAS pain score were significantly worse in patients with complications vs. those without them (ASES score, 43 ± 24 vs. 66 ± 21 [P =.04]; VAS pain score, 4.3 ± 2 vs. 2 ± 2.2 [P =.03]). Conclusion: Revision RTSA resulted in postoperative pain and shoulder function comparable to primary RTSA reported in the literature, although postoperative complications led to clinically significant declines in function and increases in pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-668
Number of pages7
JournalJSES International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept


  • Case Series
  • Level IV
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Treatment Study
  • bone grafting
  • glenoid bone loss
  • revision
  • shoulder arthroplasty
  • shoulder replacement


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