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Hardware Problems

Any surgical implant has the potential to break, loosen, and migrate. Zuckerman et al.They have emphasized that loose hardware in the shoulder can migrate and may threaten the vital structures of the thorax.

They also reported that most patients with hardware problems required additional surgery and had significant iatrogenic chondral defects. Moreover, when hardware needs to be removed, the potential always exists for significant bone defects that require grafting.

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