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Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

About

Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty is performed on patients suffering from extreme arthritis to restore function to the shoulder. Compared to a conventional total shoulder replacement that mimics the original ball-and-socket anatomy of the shoulder, the socket and metal ball are switched. The metal ball is fixed to the socket and the plastic cup is fixed to the top of the upper arm bone.

 

What It Treats

For patients with large rotator cuff tears or severe arthritis, Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty is a better option for restoring function to the shoulder for those who have non-functioning rotator cuff muscles, as this mechanism relies on the deltoid muscle, rather than the rotator cuff, to move the arm.

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