Complications of the Reverse Implant

  • Daniel MokEmail author
  • Francis Lam
  • Ram Chidambaram


Reverse shoulder replacements (RSA) is known to have a high complication rate. Werner reported an overall complication rate of 50% for the first series of Delta III prosthesis (DePuy France, Saint Priest CEDEX, France) [1]. In a review of 10,884 shoulder arthroplasties performed in 2011–2013, the overall complication rates of RSA and anatomical total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) were compared [2]. At 30 days, the overall complication rate for for both types of shoulder arthroplasties was 2.2%. The higher early complication rate of 3% for RSA compared with 1.7% for TSA reached statistical significance. RSA patients had increased risk of infection, dislocation and revision in the early postoperative period. At 2 years, the complication rates for RSA rose to 21.8% compared with TSA at 14.3%. Dislocation and infection remained as significant complication for RSA. The study also found patients younger than 65 years, male sex, patients with anaemia, and those with worker’s compensation had a higher risk in developing complications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hong Kong Shoulder Wrist and Knee CentreHong KongChina
  2. 2.Adventist HospitalHong KongChina
  3. 3.Department of Shoulder and Upper Limb SurgeryMIOT International HospitalsChennaiIndia

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