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Biomaterials in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Gunzenhauser, Jacob MD; Throckmorton, Thomas W. MD

Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery: March 2016 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 2–4
doi: 10.1097/BTE.0000000000000077
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Modern component designs for total shoulder arthroplasty, including short-stem and stemless humeral components and hybrid glenoid components, show promising early and mid-term outcomes, but glenoid component failure remains the most common complication. Component loosening remains the leading cause of glenoid failure and must be the focus of future designs. Cemented all-polyethylene components, with or without bony ingrowth, and hybrid glenoid components presently show the most encouraging results with regard to long-term fixation and durability.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Thomas W. Throckmorton, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic, 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 510, Memphis, TN 38104 (e-mail: tthrockmorton@campbellclinic.com.

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