Reverse Shoulder Replacement

The reverse shoulder replacement is a newer form of shoulder replacement. It was designed to accommodate a shoulder that is worn out and has non functional tendons. To function, a normal shoulder and a normal shoulder replacement need functioning rotator cuff tendons; hence the reverse shoulder replacement was developed. The primary goal with the reverse shoulder replacement is pain relief with an expectation for limited function. It is often called a reverse replacement because the natural ball becomes a socket and the native socket becomes the ball.

The operation is similar to a total shoulder replacement. It is done under a general anaesthetic and takes approximately 2 hours. The operation is done through an incision down the front of the shoulder.

Rehabilitation is an essential part of the process.


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