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Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

The major difference between a standard shoulder replacement and a reverse procedure is that in a reverse shoulder replacement the ball and socket parts of the shoulder joint switch sides. This means their natural position is reversed. Reverse total shoulder replacement is a complex procedure and is warranted by certain conditions. Call to request an appointment with one of our shoulder experts if you have shoulder problems that may require shoulder replacement.

Candidates for Surgery

Reverse total shoulder replacement may be recommended if you have:

  • A completely torn rotator cuff that cannot be repaired
  • Cuff tear arthropathy
  • A previous shoulder replacement that was unsuccessful
  • Severe shoulder pain and difficulty lifting your arm away from your side or over your head
  • A complex fracture of the shoulder joint
  • A chronic shoulder dislocation
  • A tumor of the shoulder joint
  • Tried other treatments, such as rest, medications, cortisone injections, and physical therapy, that have not relieved shoulder pain