Every year, thousands of conventional shoulder replacements are performed in the United States for patients with shoulder arthritis. This type of surgery, however, may not be an option for South Florida orthopaedics patients who have rotator cuff damage along with shoulder osteoarthritis. For these patients, conventional total shoulder replacement may result in pain and limited motion, making reverse total shoulder replacement the better choice. Here’s why.
A conventional shoulder replacement device mimics the normal anatomy of the shoulder: a plastic “cup” is fitted into the shoulder socket, and a metal “ball” is attached to the top of the upper arm bone (humerus). The device uses the rotator cuff muscles to function properly. In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched. The metal ball is fixed to the socket and the plastic cup is fixed to the upper end of the humerus. A reverse total shoulder replacement relies on the deltoid muscle, rather than the rotator cuff muscles, to move the arm.
When implanted by a skilled Florida orthopaedic surgeon in the appropriate patients, reverse total shoulder replacement provides restored motion, pain relief and increased stability. Patients see a drastic difference in their range of mobility, and their ability to perform daily activities such as eating, drinking and combing their hair.
If you suffer from chronic, long-standing rotator cuff tears with arthritis, call Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for a personal consultation at (954) 400-5544. Let us help you get your life back!