Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is necessary in some cases because of anatomy issues or in patients with completely torn rotator cuffs with severe arm weakness, severe arthritis and rotator cuff tearing, and those who had a previous shoulder replacement that failed.
In reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and ball prosthetics are switched. That means the ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a 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.
There are several different kinds of shoulder joint prostheses available. Most are made with metal and plastic and are attached with a special type of bone cement or a “press fit” into healthy bone.Previous Page Last Review Date: December 19, 2017