Revision reverse shoulder arthroplasty for glenoid baseplate failure after primary reverse shoulder arthroplasty

Jason O. Holcomb, Derek Cuff, Steve A. Petersen, Derek R. Pupello, Mark A. Frankle

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Background: The aim of this study is to document a single surgeon's experience performing revision reverse shoulder arthroplasty after baseplate failure. Methods: Revision reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) for mechanical failure of the glenoid baseplate after RSA was performed in 14 patients. Clinical and radiographic data were collected preoperatively, prior to baseplate failure, after baseplate failure, and at latest follow-up after revision (average, 33 months). Results: When comparing the pre-operative values to post-revision, ASES, forward elevation, and abduction were significantly improved. There was no significant difference in any of the outcome measures when comparing the prefailure data to the post-revision data. The post-revision prosthesis-scapular neck angle (PSNA) showed a significant increase in inferior tilt of the baseplate when compared to pre-failure PSNA (P < .001). Two patients (14%) required a second revision RSA for glenoid baseplate failure (1) and dislocation (1); 1 additional patient developed a postoperative hematoma which resolved without surgery. Conclusion: Revision RSA for the treatment of glenoid baseplate mechanical failure can restore pain relief and function to the levels gained after the index RSA. Level of evidence: Level IV, Case Series, Treatment Study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-723
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Shoulder arthroplasty
  • baseplate failure
  • glenoid, prosthesis
  • reverse shoulder arthroplasty
  • revision surgery
  • scapula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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