What is Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement?
At OrthoGeorgia, we are dedicated to supporting each patient’s joint health, providing total joint procedures that can make all the difference. One of our many total joint specialties is reverse total shoulder joint replacement, during which damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial implants. This surgical procedure is often the ideal option for those who might not benefit from a traditional total shoulder replacement. When you come to see one of our joint replacement specialists at OrthoGeorgia, you will receive personalized, comprehensive care with your best interests in mind. Our team will let you know what type of joint replacement procedure is best for you. We will make sure any questions you have are answered and that you feel confident in your care plan every step of the way. Learn more about reverse total shoulder joint replacement below and contact the OrthoGeorgia location nearest you to get started today.
Total Shoulder Replacement vs. Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
The traditional method of total shoulder replacement mimics the patient’s shoulder anatomy. During this process, the artificial “ball” of the ball and socket joint is attached to the upper part of the arm bone, while the plastic “socket” is attached to the shoulder blade. These two positions are swapped during a reverse total shoulder joint replacement – with the ball attaching to the socket side of the joint and the socket being placed on the arm bone. This process helps to stabilize the damaged joint to address a variety of orthopaedic shoulder concerns. Those with cuff tear arthropathy are more likely to benefit from a reverse replacement than a traditional one, because the procedure allows the deltoid muscle to power and position the arm rather than the damaged muscles of the rotator cuff. Reverse total shoulder replacement may also be recommended for those with severe shoulder pain, a complex fracture of the shoulder joint, a chronic shoulder dislocation, or a tumor of the shoulder joint. Surgery is normally considered as an option once nonsurgical treatment methods have been attempted and have failed to deliver relief. The members of our team would be happy to work with you on the best next steps for your care, including what type of shoulder joint replacement procedure may be right for you.
What are the Benefits of Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement?
Those who choose a reverse total shoulder joint replacement to address their shoulder issues often experience excellent pain relief. It is known to be a very successful procedure, with high patient satisfaction rates. Reverse total shoulder replacement also provides patients with improved range of motion in the shoulder. We understand that severe joint pain, whether it be in the shoulder or elsewhere, can have an extremely negative impact on a person’s daily life and functioning. We strive to help our patients live life to the fullest via our total joint replacement procedures, helping them tackle pain and get back to doing what they love.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement at OrthoGeorgia
Before Your Shoulder Replacement
There are several important steps you will need to take before coming in for your reverse total shoulder replacement. As with most orthopaedic surgeries, your surgeon will recommend that you have a complete physical examination by your primary care physician before surgery. This will ensure that you are ready for the procedure and the recovery period. Your surgeon will talk to you about your medications and what you may need to stop taking before surgery, as well as how you can prepare your home for your recovery. Making simple changes in the days before your procedure can make your recovery period easier. When it comes to shoulder surgery, we recommend placing any items you will need on low shelves or places that are easy to reach. You should also arrange for someone to help you with daily tasks like bathing, cooking, and cleaning as you recover.
During Your Shoulder Replacement
Before your surgery, your surgeon and care team will let you know what your surgery will entail based on your unique anatomy. In general, a reverse total shoulder replacement includes two components – a metal ball screwed to the shoulder socket and a plastic cup secured to the upper arm bone. This is a highly technical procedure, so it normally takes around two hours. Usually you will receive a nerve block just prior to the procedure to help control post op pain. An incision will be made on the front or the top of your shoulder, through which your surgeon will remove the damaged bone and place your new shoulder components. The surgeon will then close the muscles and skin with stitches or staples. As you will be under general anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the procedure. We are proud to help our patients enjoy more active lives through total joint replacement procedures, including reverse total shoulder joint replacement. If you have any questions about your specific procedure and what it will entail, please talk to your care team at OrthoGeorgia.
After Your Shoulder Replacement
Some patients will be able to return home the same day as their surgery, while others may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two. Pain is common, but your original shoulder pain should improve following the procedure and during your recovery. Your doctor will provide you with detailed recovery instructions based on your unique anatomy and procedure. Your recovery plan is likely to include pain medications, icing your shoulder, follow-up X-rays, and a physical therapy routine. You should follow your doctor’s instructions closely throughout your entire recovery. Rehabilitation after surgery should eventually allow you to lift your arm to functional levels. This procedure is known to provide outstanding pain relief with high patient satisfaction.
Other Joint Replacement Procedures We Offer in Central GA
At OrthoGeorgia, we are proud to provide those in Central Georgia with the orthopaedic care they deserve. We want to help you overcome joint pain and start living and moving more comfortably, via a treatment plan that is personalized to you. Our orthopaedic joint specialists use the latest joint replacement techniques to deliver positive results to patients seeking all manner of total joint procedures. Our specialties in Central GA include: