August 12, 2016
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Higher rate of return to sports seen with reverse TSA vs hemiarthroplasty

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Patients who underwent reverse total shoulder arthroplasty had higher return-to-sports rates with fewer postoperative complaints compared with patients who underwent hemiarthroplasty, according to results.

Researchers identified 102 patients who underwent reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) and 71 patients who underwent hemiarthroplasty with a minimum 1-year follow-up.

Joseph N. Liu


Compared with hemiarthroplasty, results showed patients who underwent reverse TSA had improved VAS scores, returned to sports at a significantly higher rate (85.9% vs. 66.7%) and were more likely to be satisfied with their ability to play sports. Postoperative complaints were more likely among hemiarthroplasty patients vs. reverse TSA patients, researchers noted. Overall, no sports-related complications occurred, according to results. Researchers found a higher likelihood of return to sports was predicted by female sex, age younger than 70 years, surgery on the dominant extremity and a preoperative diagnosis of arthritis with rotator cuff dysfunction for patients who underwent reverse TSA compared with hemiarthroplasty. – by Casey Tingle


Disclosures: Liu reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.