Retrospective Cohort Study
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World J Orthop. Jun 18, 2021; 12(6): 403-411
Published online Jun 18, 2021. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v12.i6.403
Outcome and revision rate of uncemented humeral head resurfacing: Mid-term follow-up study
Claudio Chillemi, Carlo Paglialunga, Greta De Giorgi, Riccardo Proietti, Stefano Carli, Marco Damo
Claudio Chillemi, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Istituto Chirurgico Ortopedico Traumatologico, Latina 04100, Lazio, Italy
Carlo Paglialunga, Greta De Giorgi, Riccardo Proietti, Stefano Carli, Marco Damo, Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic Medicine and Orthopaedics Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, ICOT, Latina 04100, Lazio, Italy
Author contributions: All authors helped to carry out the research; Chillemi C contributed to the manuscript writing, performing procedures, drafting conception, and design and data analysis; Paglialunga C contributed to writing the manuscript, drafting conception, and design; De Giorgi G, Carli S, and Damo M contributed to writing the manuscript; Proietti R contributed to writing the manuscript and data analysis.
Institutional review board statement: The IRB approval was obtained October 30, 2019.
Informed consent statement: All study participants or their legal guardian provided informed written consent about personal and medical data collection prior to study enrolment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Data sharing statement: Patients were not required to give informed consent to the study because the analysis used anonymous clinical data that were obtained after each patient agreed to treatment by written consent.
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Corresponding author: Claudio Chillemi, MD, Chief Doctor, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Istituto Chirurgico Ortopedico Traumatologico, Via Franco Faggiana 1668, Latina 04100, Lazio, Italy.
Received: January 27, 2021
Peer-review started: January 27, 2021
First decision: March 8, 2021
Revised: March 15, 2021
Accepted: May 22, 2021
Article in press: May 22, 2021
Published online: June 18, 2021
Research background

Glenohumeral osteoarthritis and avascular necrosis are causes of shoulder pain and disability. Shoulder arthroplasty is the most effective treatment. The implant design has evolved during time transitioning to shorter humeral stem lengths or even stemless components.

Research motivation

The rationale to implant a cementless humeral head resurfacing (HHR) is to restore the patient’s individual humeral head anatomy, characterized by articular retroversion, neck shaft angle, lateral offset, and center of rotation, and it is easier to remove, preserving the bone stock for a possible future revision. The reported revision rate at a mid-term follow-up is not so high, so this could be an alternative to a total shoulder arthroplasty.

Research objectives

Our aim is to evaluate the medium-term outcome and survival of a cementless HHR in a group of patients affected with osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis.

Research methods

This is a report of prospectively collected data using HHR in 23 patients (15 female and 8 male) after a 7.4 year follow-up.

Research results

The global revision rate was 16%. Data on 4 shoulders in 4 patients were lost because of prosthesis failure. Nineteen patients (21 shoulders) completed the follow-up. No signs of loosening were registered, while in 12 cases a glenoid erosion was found. The osteophytes appeared 7 times on the humeral side and 12 on the glenoid. Superior humeral migration was recorded in only one case.

Research conclusions

The use of a cementless HHR in the treatment of osteoarthritis and early stage avascular necrosis could nowadays be consider a valid therapeutic option.

Research perspectives

Further research based on well-designed studies with longer follow-up examination and with a bigger patient population need to be performed in order to elucidate the efficacy of cementless HHR.