Treatment of Periprosthetic Fractures of the Shoulder

  • Benjamin J. Lindbloom
  • Michael C. Cusick
  • Mark A. MighellEmail author


Periprosthetic fractures about total shoulder arthroplasty are an infrequent but difficult scenario encountered by the shoulder surgeon. A majority of fractures occur intraoperatively and can be addressed during the index operation. An increasing number of traumatic postoperative periprosthetic fractures are occurring as well as the prevalence of shoulder arthroplasty increases. It is crucial to the treating surgeon to understand and appropriately classify the fracture, evaluate the bone quality, and estimate implant stability in order to appropriately plan their operative strategy and approach. Treatment for these fractures includes non-operative treatment, open reduction internal fixation, and revision arthroplasty. With the appropriate treatments, satisfactory outcomes and reliable healing can be achieved in the majority of these fractures.


Periprosthetic fracture Anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty Complication Shoulder Revision arthroplasty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin J. Lindbloom
    • 1
  • Michael C. Cusick
    • 2
  • Mark A. Mighell
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Shoulder and Elbow ServiceFlorida Orthopaedic InstituteTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryMcGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science CenterHoustonUSA

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