Shoulder arthroplasty for glenohumeral osteoarthritis: results from a comprehensive survey in Belgium and the Netherlands


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Published online: Jan 08 2021

P.C. Geervliet , M.P. Somford, J.N. Doornberg, O. Verborgt, L.F. De Wilde, M.P.J. van den Bekerom, D.F.P. van Deurzen

From the Northwest Clinics, Den Helder, the Netherlands


The purpose of this survey in Belgium and the Netherlands was to assess treatment variation in glenohumeral osteoarthritis between experienced and less experienced orthopedic surgeons, and to investigate perioperative treatment after shoulder arthroplasty in a large group of orthopedic surgeons. Orthopedic surgeons specialized in shoulder surgery were invited to complete a survey between November 2013 and February 2015.

Seventy-one percent of the approached surgeons com-pleted the survey. Less experienced surgeons (< 6 years) and surgeons from the Netherlands find patient characteristics (e.g. smoking p=0.01) more relevant than more experienced surgeons (≥ 6 years) and surgeons from Belgium.

Less experienced surgeons will less likely (p=0.001) perform resurfacing arthroplasty compare to experienced surgeons. The less and the experienced surgeons use similar indications for a reverse shoulder arthroplasty regarding age limit and cuff arthropathy without osteoarthritis.

Less experienced surgeon will more likely (p=0.003) prescribe a low molecular weight heparin during the hospital stay after a shoulder arthroplasty.

In this survey, we found a decrease in the use of resurfacing arthroplasty and a strong increase in the use of reverse shoulder arthroplasty.

Besides, there is little consensus concerning pre-operative planning, patient characteristics, surgical technique, and patient reported outcome measures.

Level of evidence: IV