Shoulder resurfacing benefits younger patients

By Peter Pollack

Shoulder resurfacing arthroplasty may be a viable alternative to standard stemmed implants in younger patients, according to the results of a case-controlled study presented by Anand M. Murthi, MD, at the 6th Biennial AAOS/American Shoulder and Elbow (ASES) Meeting.

Dr. Murthi along with Bryan Butler, MD, prospectively followed 17 patients (16 men, 1 woman) who underwent shoulder resurfacing arthroplasty. Patients ranged in age from 19 years to 40 years old (mean: 35 years). Patients were evaluated for pain and range of motion scores both before and after the resurfacing procedure. All patients answered the Simple Shoulder Test (SST) and the ASES questionnaires.

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