Reverse Shoulder Replacement

What is it and what are my treatment options?

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What is a Reverse Shoulder Replacement?

Arthritis or injury to the shoulder can cause chronic, debilitating pain. When there is soft tissue damage involving the rotator cuff, it may be extremely painful to lift the arm above the shoulder to perform such daily activities as bathing or dressing. Sometimes this damage is too severe to be repaired by a traditional total shoulder replacement. But that doesn’t mean you need to live with the pain. The renowned surgeons at Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine perform an alternative procedure called REVERSE TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT. It is a safe and effective way to relieve pain and restore function and mobility to those suffering from severe shoulder damage.

The Procedure

Our team has extensive training in the most advanced shoulder replacement techniques, including reverse total shoulder replacement, which can be performed as an outpatient procedure. This surgery involves replacing the ball and socket joint in the shoulder with metal and plastic components, similar to traditional total shoulder replacement. In the reverse procedure, however, the components are reversed. The socket component replaces the rounded end of the humerus (upper arm bone), while the metal ball is implanted into the shoulder socket. With this technique, the deltoid muscle powers and positions the arm. The reverse shapes of the implants create a new mechanism for moving the arm, replacing the torn, damaged or atrophied rotator cuff tendons.

Are You A Candidate?

Reverse total shoulder replacement is recommended if you have:

  • Severe arthritis in the shoulder joint that interferes with daily activities
  • An irreparable, completely torn rotator cuff
  • A complex fracture of the shoulder joint
  • Cuff tear arthropathy
  • Persistent pain and weakness after a traditional shoulder replacement procedure
  • Failure to improve after medications, steroid injections, or physical therapy
  • Severe shoulder pain and difficulty lifting the arm over the head or away from the body

What Are My Treatment Options?

Treatment for a labral tear depends on the type of tear that has occurred. Anti-inflammatory medication, immobilization and rest can often help alleviate symptoms temporarily. However, most tears will eventually require surgical treatment to restore the shoulder back to repair the shoulder. Labrum repair surgery can often be performed arthroscopically to insert small, permanent metal screws to suture the torn labrum back together and relieve the painful symptoms of this condition. Most patients experience significant relief from their symptoms after this procedure.

Meet Our Shoulder Experts

Michael Gross, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Michael Benke, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Oscar Vazquez, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Stephen Silver, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Our Vast Experience in Treating Shoulder Injuries and Conditions Is Second to None

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Yes! We participate with most major insurance plans. 


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