Friday, June 3, 2011

Ream and Run for Shoulder Arthritis - comparison to total shoulder - research foundation 6

We are often asked to compare the ream and run procedure to the total shoulder in the treatment of shoulder arthritis. Shoulder fellows Clinton, Franta and Lenters matched 35 consecutive patients for whom we had performed the ream and run to a similar group of patients for whom we had performed a total shoulder; they presented the results in an article comparing these two procedures. The characteristics of the two groups are shown in the table below.

The time course for recovery is shown in the table and figure below.

We concluded that in the hands of a surgeon experienced in the procedure, the ream and run procedure can offer similar functional recovery to that achieved in similar patients having total shoulder arthroplasty.


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