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Enrico Bellato, MD
JAAOS - Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 26(19):706, October 1, 2018
We discuss the key steps the surgeon should follow to perform a safe, successful primary reverse shoulder replacement. Proper patient selection, preoperative evaluation, and surgical technique are essential. CT is used to evaluate for glenoid version and possible glenoid bone defects, and in planning patient-specific instrumentation. Proper patient positioning is essential to avoid intraoperative patient shifting and neck stretching and to allow free shoulder range of motion. The deltopectoral or anterolateral approach can be used.