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.
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.