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Current Technique for the Ream-and-Run Arthroplasty for Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis
Frederick A. Matsen, III, MD1; Steven B. Lippitt, MD2
1 Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Box 356500, 1959 N.E. Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195. E-mail address: matsen@u.washington.edu
2 Akron General Medical Center, 224 West Exchange, Suite 440, Akron, OH 44302-1718
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Based on an original article: J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 July 18;94(14):e102

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Copyright © 2012 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, 2012 Oct 24;2(4):e20 1-15. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.ST.L.00009
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The ream and run is a technically demanding shoulder arthroplasty for the management of glenohumeral arthritis that avoids the risk of failure of the glenoid component that is associated with total shoulder arthroplasty.

Step 1: Surgical Approach

After administration of prophylactic antibiotics and a thorough skin preparation, expose the glenohumeral joint through a long deltopectoral incision, incising the subscapularis tendon from its osseous insertion and the capsule from the anterior-inferior aspect of the humeral neck while carefully protecting all muscle groups and neurovascular structures.

Step 2: Humeral Preparation

Gently expose the proximal part of the humerus, resect the humeral head at 45° to the orthopaedic axis while protecting the rotator cuff, and excise all humeral osteophytes.

Step 3: Glenoid Preparation

After performing an extralabral capsular release, remove any residual cartilage, drill the glenoid centerline, and ream the glenoid to a single concavity.

Step 4: Humeral Prosthesis Selection

Select a humeral prosthesis that fits the medullary canal and that provides the desired mobility and stability of the prosthesis.

Step 5: Humeral Prosthesis Fixation

Fix the humeral component using impaction autografting.

Step 6: Soft-Tissue Balancing

After the definitive humeral prosthesis is in place, ensure the desired balance of mobility and stability. If there is excessive posterior translation, consider a rotator interval plication.

Step 7: Rehabilitation

Achieve and maintain at least 150° of flexion and good external rotation strength.


In our study, comfort and function increased progressively after the ream-and-run procedure, reaching a steady state by approximately twenty months.

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