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Preoperative Planning and Postoperative Imaging of Shoulder Arthroplasty

  • Jonelle Petscavage-Thomas


Shoulder arthroplasty is the third most common joint replacement performed annually (Kaback et al., Med Health R I 95:120–4, 2012). The annual number of shoulder arthroplasties performed has more than doubled over the past decade, particularly in women older than 65 years of age (Kim et al., J Bone Joint Surg Am 93:2249–54, 2011). This is partially due to the introduction of the reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, as well as improving patient outcomes. The most common indication for shoulder arthroplasty remains glenohumeral joint osteoarthritis (Kim et al., J Bone Joint Surg Am 93:2249–54, 2011). New humeral component designs have also been introduced in hopes of preserving humeral bone stock and lowering complication rates (Pritchett, J Shoulder Elbow Surg 20:771–777, 2011).

Radiographs remain the primary imaging modality for postoperative assessment of shoulder arthroplasty. However, in the past decade, use of cross-sectional imaging modalities has also increased for both preoperative planning and postoperative assessment of complications. Thus, the objectives of this chapter are to review prosthetic designs of hemi- and total shoulder arthroplasty, review preoperative imaging assessment, demonstrate normal postoperative imaging appearances, and provide imaging examples of hardware and surgical complications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonelle Petscavage-Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyPenn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

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