The polyethylene glenoid used in the traditional total shoulder replacement may limit the patient’s activity and increase the risk of complications. By avoiding the prosthetic glenoid, the risk of revision due to glenoid wearing, glenoid loosing, or humeral component slipping is eliminated. These patients can choose the reaming and running glenohumeral (RnR), (see this link).
After RnR, some patients may experience stiffness. If the stiffness is severe, it can lead to repeated procedures, such as manipulation under anesthesia or open surgical revision. The authors of Risk Factors for Stiffness Requiring Intervention After Ream-and-Run Arthroplasty sought to determine risk factors associated with repeat procedures performed for postoperative stiffness after ream and run arthroplasty.
In a longitudinally kept database, they identified 340 cases of ream and ran arthroplasty. They followed these patients for a median follow-up period of 2.1 year. The SST preoperative scores of the repeat patients and those who did not had similar results.