Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates provides top quality orthopedic care throughout the South Shore region of Massachusetts. Call us to find out more about how reverse shoulder replacement can improve your quality of life.

What Is a Reverse Shoulder Replacement?

Most patients are in chronic moderate-to-severe pain and have little to no ability to lift their arm above their head or perform some of the activities they enjoy. Reverse shoulder replacement counteracts total shoulder replacement surgery to improve range of motion and helps alleviate pain.

Benefits Of Reverse Shoulder Replacement

This procedure benefits those who have undergone a poorly performed total shoulder replacement. If you have a torn rotator cuff in conjunction with instability or osteoarthritis due to aging, you may benefit greatly from reverse shoulder replacement. If you are committed to following your surgeon’s instructions, cooperative and motivated to improve your well-being one day at a time, reverse shoulder replacement can be the answer you are looking for. Results include the ability to sleep at night due to pain reduction and the elimination of pseudoparalysis, or the inability or severely restricted ability to lift the arm.

Am I A Good Candidate?

During your initial consultation, one of our providers will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for reverse shoulder replacement. A general rule of thumb, however, is a good candidate:

  • Has tried non-surgical treatments for at least six weeks without a significant improvement of symptoms.
  • Has a complex fracture of the shoulder joint.
  • Has a tumor in the shoulder joint.
  • Suffers from a chronic shoulder dislocation.
  • Experiences severe shoulder pain and difficulty lifting the arm away from the side of the head.
  • Has a cuff tear arthropathy
  • Has a completely torn rotator cuff that cannot be repaired
  • Underwent a poorly performed total shoulder replacement which is now causing issues.

After an initial consultation that includes discussing your medical history and a physical examination of the affected area, one of our providers will be able to advise whether a reverse shoulder replacement is right for you. Even if you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure and have a sufficient amount of bone, the cuff tear arthropathy complicated by instability may not be a major enough problem to warrant surgery. We can also recommend a more preferable surgery if non-surgical treatments are not working effectively.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation

If you experienced a failed total shoulder replacement, arthritis or instability caused by a torn rotator cuff, you might benefit from reverse shoulder replacement. Contact our unparalleled professionals at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates today to schedule your initial consultation.


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