Thursday, November 21, 2019

Cuff tear arthropathy in an active 70 year old

An active man in is life 70s presents with a chronically painful shoulder and this x-ray


In spite of the severity of his cuff tear arthropathy, he had active elevation to 140 degrees.

Because of his desire to continue a high level of physical activity, he elected to have a cuff tear arthropathy arthroplasty. At the time of surgery, the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons were absent and the subscapularis was detached. His coracoacromial arch was intact.

At three months after surgery he returned to the office where the x-ray below was obtained.

His shoulder was comfortable and he was back at his physical activities. He kindly gave us permission to present this video of his motion.

While many surgeons may have recommended a reverse total shoulder for this patient, we are impressed with the comfort and function that can be achieved for active individuals using the robust CTA arthroplasty. A video of the technique for this procedure can be found at this link.

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