Biomechanical aspects of the scapula-glenoid fixation in a reverse shoulder implant

Francis Popham, Janith Muhandiram, Nesreen Abulkhair, Mahmoud Chizari

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The reverse shoulder implant is an implant for total replacement of the glenohumeral joint of patients suffering from osteoarthritis and with a damaged rotator cuff. The problem that arises with these conjoined ailments is that the displacement of the humeral head causes limited movement of the upper limb, with vertical mobility restricted to only allow for the arm to ascend to roughly the height of the shoulder. Attaching the ball to the scapula and the socket to the top of the humerus fixes the centre of rotation of the joint to increase the moment arm over the healthy shoulder's original position enabling patients' movement and dexterity to return. In this study the numerical evaluation of a Verso Shoulder Implant (Biomet, UK) was carried out and the mechanical parameter such as stress, strain and deformation at the interface between the glenoid and scapula bone was analysed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCE 2016 - World Congress on Engineering 2016
EditorsS. I. Ao, S. I. Ao, Len Gelman, S. I. Ao, Len Gelman, David W.L. Hukins, Andrew Hunter, Alexander M. Korsunsky
PublisherNewswood Limited
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789881404800
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
EventWorld Congress on Engineering 2016, WCE 2016 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


ConferenceWorld Congress on Engineering 2016, WCE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Finite element
  • Rotator cuff
  • Verso shoulder implant


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