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Cup Arthroplasty for Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy

Mariscalco, Michael W. MD; Patterson, Ryan W. MD, MPH; Seitz, William H. Jr MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: March 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 1 - p 2–5
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e3181e5d9ab

Cup arthroplasty is a conservative bone-sparing option for resurfacing of the humeral head. Earlier reports have shown its effectiveness in appropriately selected patients with osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, and severe rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with cuff tear arthropathy may also benefit from a modified cup arthroplasty technique. The purpose of this article is to describe the surgical technique involved in humeral cup arthroplasty in cuff tear arthropathy patients. We will review the indications, contraindications, complications, and postoperative rehabilitation.

Cleveland Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital at Lutheran Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Address correspondence and reprint requests to William H. Seitz, MD Cleveland Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital at Lutheran Medical Center, 1730 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. e-mail:

The authora did not receive any external support.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.