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Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Frequent shoulder dislocations and similar injuries can stretch or tear your rotator cuff so much that you develop shoulder instability. A traditional shoulder replacement won’t fix this problem, but Wisconsin River Orthopaedics specializes in performing reverse total shoulder replacement. At the practice in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the board-certified orthopaedic surgeons switch the position of the replacement ball and socket so you engage different muscles when using your arm. Find out if reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is right for you by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Q & A

What is reverse total shoulder replacement surgery?

Reverse total shoulder replacement is a procedure in which the Wisconsin River Orthopaedics team replaces your shoulder joint and switches the position of the components.

A replacement shoulder joint is an artificial device consisting of a metal ball that attaches to the top of the humerus (your upper arm bone) and a plastic socket that fits into your shoulder blade.

In conventional total shoulder replacement surgery, the team matches the position of these two components to the natural anatomy of your body. With a reverse total shoulder replacement, they instead fit the socket on the top of your humerus and the ball into your shoulder blade.

Why might I need a reverse total shoulder replacement?

Reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is often a better option for patients who have rotator cuff damage. Your rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that enable you to move your arm, giving you the wide range of motion that’s normal for the shoulder joint.

Sports injuries and repeated shoulder dislocations can weaken the rotator cuff and make it difficult to use your arm. Over the years, arthropathy — severe arthritis of the shoulder joint — can set in.

Using the conventional shoulder replacement technique doesn’t help with mobility issues when you have rotator cuff damage because you still rely on the rotator cuff to move your arm. 

With reverse total shoulder replacement, you use the deltoid muscle on the top of your shoulder as a substitute for the rotator cuff.

What does reverse total shoulder replacement surgery involve?

Reverse total shoulder replacement is a complex procedure, but the Wisconsin River Orthopaedics team has considerable expertise in this type of surgery.

The operation typically takes about two hours. Your provider makes an incision on the top or front of your shoulder and extracts the damaged bones. They then fit the new parts of the joint, ensuring they’re in the optimal position to restore shoulder function.

After reverse total shoulder replacement surgery, you won’t be able to raise your arm above your head for a while. Wisconsin River Orthopaedics has a dedicated physical therapy team on site that creates a personalized treatment plan for you to build up strength in the new joint.

If you have a severe rotator cuff injury or disease, talk to the experts at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics about your suitability for reverse total shoulder replacement. Call the office or book an appointment online today.