How is a Reverse Shoulder Replacement Done?
The surgical approach for a reverse total shoulder replacement is similar in nature to the total shoulder replacement surgery. In a standard shoulder replacement, the head of the humerus is replaced with a rounded metal component attached to a stem that is fitted into the humerus. Additionally, the glenoid portion of the shoulder blade, or socket of the shoulder joint, is replaced with a plastic socket. In a reverse shoulder replacement, the shape positions are reversed, so that the glenoid becomes a rounded partial sphere and the arm portion, humeral component, involves the socket.
Patients who have experienced rotator cuff problems and who have undergone reverse total shoulder replacement surgery have experienced good result in eliminating their shoulder pain, and regaining mobility and function.
How Long is the Recovery After Reverse Shoulder Replacement?
After shoulder replacement surgery, patients are placed into a rehabilitation program. It is important for patients to follow rehab closely as this therapeutic process is as important as the surgery itself in reaching a full recovery. Initial therapy focuses on safe motion with certain restrictions for 6 weeks. After a recovery period of 2-3 months, patients typically are painless and performing well with their normal activities. A return to sporting activities is patient and activity dependent.
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