Results from a retrospective, multicenter study by French researchers that investigated treatment options for infection after reverse shoulder arthroplasty supported the use of debridement as a first-line treatment, but noted this option had a 54% healing rate.
Researchers studied 32 patients who had reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) and underwent reoperation for infection. In 23 cases, the involved implant was a primary prosthesis. In nine cases, revision prostheses were the involved implant. As six patients required two successive surgeries, a total of 38 procedures were performed which included debridement, one-stage revision, two-stage revision or implant removal.