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Revision of a Stemless Anatomic Implant into a Stemless Reverse Implant

  • Schoch, Christian
  • Dittrich, Michael
  • Ambros, Leander
  • Geyer, Michael
Published Article
Case Reports in Orthopedics
Hindawi Limited
Publication Date
Jan 11, 2021
DOI: 10.1155/2021/6667871
PMID: 33505748
PMCID: PMC7815383
PubMed Central
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Introduction Stemless anatomic implants are the growing standard for solving osteoarthritis of the shoulder. If there are secondary rotator cuff insufficiency and the need to revise the implant into a reverse total shoulder, there is usually the option to revise it into a stemmed implant with losing the benefits of stemless implants. There are only a few stemless reverse implants available on the market. Usually, they are recommended as primary implants, but not for revision surgery. Case Report . A 61-year-old male with an indwelling anatomic stemless TESS (Total Evolutive Shoulder System, Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, USA) implant presented in our clinic with growing pain and loss of range of motion. The TESS was implanted in 2007 as a hemishoulder arthroplasty. The X-ray was showing a stable implanted corolla with clearly growing protrusion of the glenoid. Because of the clinical presentation and the ultrasound investigation that showed only remnants of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus left, we decided that it is necessary to revise the stable implant in a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. As the TESS was not designed to be convertible, it was clear that it has to be explanted. Due to the young age of the patient, we proposed an “off-label” change to a stemless reverse implant, e.g., the LIMA SMR stemless reverse prosthesis. A revision was possible without much bone loss, so the stemless reverse implant could be used. The clinical and radiological 2-year follow-up showed a good result. Conclusion Stemless implants are well known for anatomic implants, rarely for reverse implants, and seldom used for revision into reverse stemless. This case report shows that it is possible to revise a stemless anatomic implant with a stemless reverse, as long as the rules for implantation are applicable.

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