Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Texas Center for Joint Replacement offers a solution to a debilitating problem with shoulder arthritis — the "reverse" total shoulder replacement. This approach uses muscle outside the rotator cuff group to do the job of the rotator cuff.
The same wear and tear that can bring about arthritis of the joint is often responsible for degeneration of the muscle and tendons that form the rotator cuff. Because an intact rotator cuff is critical to the long-term success of traditional total shoulder joint replacement, people with damaged rotator cuffs often had limited solutions to their pain and discomfort.
In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket portion of the implant is attached to the top of the humerus and the ball portion replaces the shoulder socket. This allows the deltoid muscle that overlays the shoulder joint to function more like the rotator cuff muscles.