Shoulder Replacement

There are different types of shoulder replacements. Your surgeon will evaluate your situation carefully and discuss with you which type of replacement would best meet your needs.

A typical total shoulder replacement involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaces with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem, and a plastic socket. These components come in various sizes and may be either cemented or press-fit into the bone.

In reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched, so the metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This allows the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the torn rotator cuff to lift the arm. This is typically recommended for patients with: completely torn rotator cuffs with severe arm weakness; effects of severe arthritis and rotator cuff tearing (cuff tear arthropathy); or a previous shoulder replacement that has failed. For these individuals, a conventional total shoulder replacement can still leave them with pain or an inability to raise their arm past a 90-degree angle, which can be severely debilitating.
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