Types of Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Total Shoulder Replacement
During this procedure, the surgeon replaces a damaged or arthritic shoulder joint. During surgery the worn parts will be taken out and replaced with artificial components. The new parts let your shoulder move smoothly and without pain. This is an excellent procedure for an arthritic shoulder with a well functioning rotator cuff. A thorough pre-surgical evaluation is used to confirm that a total shoulder replacement is appropriate.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
During this procedure, the surgeon replaces a damaged shoulder joint with artificial components that reverse the structure of the shoulder. This procedure is most often used for patients who have had a complete tear of the rotator cuff, especially those whose injuries have led to an arthritic condition called cuff tear arthropathy. It is also helpful for patients who have significant bone wear or have had a failed prior total shoulder replacement.