Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder arthritis occurs when the cartilage of the ball and socket joint begins to wear away. Symptoms of shoulder arthritis include persistent pain, inflammation, and swelling. Patients suffering from advanced shoulder arthritis who have tried conservative treatments without relief may be candidates for total shoulder replacement or reverse total shoulder replacement. Every year, thousands of shoulder replacements are successfully done for patients who have shoulder arthritis. Patients who need a total shoulder replacement and have a large rotator cuff tear – or who have developed a complex type of shoulder arthritis called “cuff tear arthropathy” – are candidates for reverse shoulder replacement. Reverse shoulder replacement may be recommended if you have:

  • Cuff tear arthropathy
  • A torn rotator cuff that cannot be repaired
  • A failed total shoulder replacement
  • Severe shoulder pain and difficulty lifting your arm away from your side and over your head
  • Failure of non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy, medications, cortisone injections and rest