Our practice is follow routinely our patients after reconstructive surgery, with clinical and radiographic assessments at two years and well beyond. We're often asked, 'what should the x-rays of a total shoulder arthroplasty look like?' Below is an example of a typical two year set of films, showing the bone-preserving approach: minimal reaming on the glenoid side and fixation with impaction grafting on the humeral side. Note the quantity and quality of the remaining glenoid and humeral bone without the effects of stress shielding.
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