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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 3256931, 9 pages
Review Article

A Critical Review on Prosthetic Features Available for Reversed Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Received 8 June 2016; Revised 24 November 2016; Accepted 27 November 2016

Academic Editor: Gasparini Giulio

Copyright © 2016 Bart Middernacht et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Reversed total shoulder arthroplasty is a popular treatment in rotator cuff arthropathy and in displaced proximal humeral fractures in elderly. In 2016, 29 models of commercially available designs express this popularity. This study describes all the different design parameters available on the market. Prosthetic differences are found for the baseplate, glenosphere, polyethylene, and humeral component and these differences need to be weighed out carefully for each patient knowing that a gain in one mechanical parameter can balance the loss of another. Patient specific implants may help in the future.