Exploring the Benefits of Reverse Shoulder Replacement
When you have tried the non-surgical treatments for shoulder pain such as activity changes and medication, it may be time to speak to a specialist about a shoulder replacement. Each year over 53,000 people have shoulder replacement surgery. This procedure relieves pain effectively. In shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged parts of the shoulder and prosthetic parts are put in to restore the joint.
Shoulder Replacement Options
There are several types of partial and total shoulder replacement. In the traditional total shoulder replacement a plastic socket and metal ball are used to create a new joint for the damaged one you already have. Instead of a total shoulder replacement, your surgeon may replace only the ball portion of the joint, leaving your own socket. He or she can also replace only the damaged socket and leave your own bone for the ball portion. The latter two options generally provide less pain relief than a total shoulder replacement surgery.
Benefits of Reverse Shoulder Replacement
In reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and socket are switched. The surgeon attaches a plastic socket to the top of the arm bone, and adds a metal ball to the shoulder bone. With a reverse shoulder replacement, you will use the deltoid muscle to raise your arm rather than the rotator cuff. You may benefit from a reverse shoulder replacement if your:
- Previous total shoulder replacement failed
- Rotator cuff is completely torn
- Arthritis is severe with rotator cuff tearing
- Arm weakness is severe
With traditional shoulder replacement, you would not be able to lift your arm fully when any of the above conditions exist. As long as the shoulder is cared for properly, the new joint should last 10-15 years.
Finding a Skilled Provider
If you experience severe shoulder pain and any of the conditions listed above, it may be time to seek the help of a professional. Only an orthopedic surgeon has the training and experience to provide you with the best outcome for this type of surgery. Call Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group today to set up a consultation to explore the benefits of reverse shoulder replacement.