Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Orthopaedic & Spine Center

 Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s Dr. Marty Coleman on Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

OSC’s Dr. Marty Coleman explains how using reverse total shoulder replacement technology, better results can be obtained for patients, including increased range of movement, reduced pain and reduced recovery times.

Traditional shoulder replacement involves replacing the natural bone and socket of the shoulder with metal implants, and this works well in reducing pain. Over time, the shoulder may become arthritic as cartilage wears away and is not replaced, which is seen frequently in seniors, though we do see problems in younger patients too.

A major problem with traditional shoulder arthroplasty is that the rotator cuff must also be strong enough for this procedure to  work well in returning the range of motion to patients.  Unfortunately, shoulder replacement patients frequently have rotator cuff tears or weakness along with an arthritic shoulder joint. The result is that the pain can be reduced by surgery, but use of the shoulder is still limited after the operation.

Total reverse shoulder arthroplasty is a technique which has been developed to tackle the problem of weak or damaged rotator cuffs. Instead of a metal ball replacing the existing bone ball, the ball implant is placed where the bone socket is and a metal socket implanted where the natural bone ball was located. By delicate rearrangement of the muscles, not only can pain be reduced after surgery, but the range of motion can also be returned.

Enjoy the brief video presentation on Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty by Dr. Coleman: