Total Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
In standard total shoulder replacement surgery, a surgeon removes the rounded head of the upper arm
bone and replaces it with a metal ball. A high-strength plastic implant is used to replace the socket of the shoulder blade.
Reverse total shoulder replacement works better for patients with severe arthritis and a large rotator cuff tear as this procedure relies on different muscles to move the arm. In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the new ball and socket are located on the opposite sides of a normal shoulder. The metal ball replaces the socket of the shoulder and a plastic socket is attached where the head of the humerus used to be.