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Tornier Shoulder Prostheses


Common US Shoulder Prostheses

Acumed Prostheses

Biomet Prostheses

Cofield (Smith and Nephew) Prostheses

DePuy Prostheses

Encore Prostheses

Exactech Prostheses

Neer Prostheses

Stryker Solar Prostheses

Tornier Prostheses

Zimmer Prostheses


Resurfacing Caps


Reverse/Inverted Shoulder Systems

DePuy Delta Systems


Elbow Prostheses




Odd, Uncommon, Discontinued, European Only and Experimental Systems


List of Implants and Manufactures and Distributors


Not Identified



Tornier Aequalis


Tornier Aequalis   Tornier Press Fit Variable Fixed Angle Inclination Neck Adjustability  of Tornier System

Arthroscopic Removal of the Glenoid Component for Failed Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

A screw on the bock of the head (shown above - posterior of stem in left shoulders and anterior in right shoulders) may or may not be used in conjunction with locking of head onto stem.  This would make head replacement alone more difficult in a revision surgery and require removal of entire unit, or some fancy drilling or hammering.  The screw head accepts a small hex/Allen wrench.  The Tornier set has a blue handled driver for this screw.  The screw should be removed prior to trying to bang off the head.  The head should come off with a bone tamp and a mallet.


The humeral prosthesis can be removed with a medieval appearing adjustable triple claw extractor on slide hammer that comes with the Tornier extractor set.  Another removal device in the Tornier revision set is a clamp that hooks under the neck and screws into the Morse taper.  This screw in this device can easily become jammed in the extractor during removal of a well cemented prosthesis and will make removal for the extraction device from the prosthesis difficult.  You may need to impact the extraction device back unto the prosthesis to unjam the screw on the extraction device or give the extraction device a good wack on the back counter.


Note that Tornier only has a few (three and we broke one) revision extraction sets in the US and plan to request this at least 2 weeks in advance.



Aequalis Modular Cemented

  Possible Modular neck - note stepoff mid neck.

Fractures complexes trois ou quatre fragments de l’humérus proximal : hémiarthroplastie ou arthroplastie inversée? Étude comparative à propos de 40 cas




Tornier Aequalis (designed to be cemented)

  Arthroplasty of the shoulder  


Design Not Confirmed

Possibly Endo-Modell?

Arthroplasty of the shoulder

Earlier generation Tornier prosthesis appear to have a modular neck that allows for variation in the neck inclination angle.  You may be able to identify these on xray if you notice a notch in the superior edge of the dorsal fin, where it contacts the humeral body.


The Influence of Rotator Cuff Disease on the Results of Shoulder Arthroplasty for Primary Osteoarthritis anterior instability after hemiarthroplasty

Primary Unconstrained Shoulder Arthroplasty in Patients with a Fixed Anterior Glenohumeral Dislocation










Tornier Press Fit

The Tornier Press Fit Shoulder system does not use the screw in the back of the humeral neck to lock the humeral head.  You should still have the blue handled screw driver from the Tornier set for peace of mind.







Tornier Aequalis Fracture Shoulder

      Arthroplasty of the shoulder

Spun around 180 degrees