What is Reverse Shoulder Replacement?
Reverse shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that dramatically improves shoulder pain associated with osteoarthritis of the shoulder by removing damaged portions of the bone in the shoulder and replacing it with metal and plastic components.
The procedure is similar to a total shoulder replacement; however, the components are placed in reversed positions. In other words, the head of the humerus rests in the shoulder socket and the glenoid cavity of the scapula rests on top of the arm bone.
During the 1-2 hour procedure, the following steps occur:
- Incision. An incision is made on the front of the shoulder.
- Bone removal. Osteoarthritic bone is removed and prepared for the implants.
- Implants. Implants are perfectly positioned and then cemented in place.
The incision is carefully closed and sterilely dressed. The patient is placed in a comfortable shoulder sling and brought to the recovery room where they peacefully wake up. Patients go to their private hospital room or home after they are awake and alert and their pain is under control.
After surgery, Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) Shoulder Specialist Dr. Nicholas Jarmon will create a physical therapy plan to help restore function and motion to the shoulder.
What Does Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Treat?
Reverse total shoulder replacement is a surgical treatment option for severe shoulder osteoarthritis that causes pain when the patient moves their arm. The procedure is only recommended when nonsurgical treatment options do not improve the patient’s pain.
Patients who choose Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) Shoulder Specialist Dr. Nicholas Jarmon to perform their reverse total shoulder replacement can look forward to symptom relief, a quick recovery, and a return to normal, pain-free living.
To find out if the treatment option is right for you, please contact our office and make an appointment.