Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
About Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
A reverse total shoulder replacement is an alternative type of shoulder replacement most often used for people who have:
- Completely torn rotator cuffs with severe arm weakness
- The effects of severe arthritis and rotator cuff tearing
- Had a previous shoulder replacement that failed
- Shoulder fractures in the elderly
Often, you can experience shoulder arthritis along with damage to the rotator cuff, which is the group of muscles that hold your shoulder in place and allow you to move your arm in different directions. If you suffer from both conditions at the same time, a traditional total shoulder replacement procedure may not provide sufficient relief.
During a reverse total shoulder replacement surgery, the socket and metal ball are switched. That means a metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This changes the position of the ball and socket joint so you can use a different set of healthy muscles to move your arm.
A reverse total shoulder replacement is a complex procedure performed by our shoulder specialists for a condition that previously had no effective treatment. For a month after surgery, you will wear a sling and then your surgeon will give you a physical therapy protocol to perform at home.
Outpatient Shoulder Replacement
Outpatient shoulder replacement is just like traditional shoulder replacement, except that patients go home the same day and recover in their own home. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Stemless Shoulder Replacement
In stemless shoulder replacement, the size of the artificial parts used to replace the shoulder joint is smaller. This results in smaller incisions and typically, a faster recovery. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Learn more about Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Watch Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery video – Graphic Content Warning– Surgical Procedure
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