The shoulder is a complex joint consisting of a ball (the upper part of the arm bone) and a socket (the shoulder blade). Surrounding the shoulder joint is the rotator cuff, a group of tendons and muscles which help to stabilize the upper arm bone and facilitate shoulder motion. When any of these essential parts of the shoulder become damaged, discomfort and reduced range of motion may result. If shoulder symptoms are severe and other treatment options are not viable, reverse shoulder joint replacement surgery may be recommended.
Who Is a Candidate for Reverse Shoulder Joint Replacement Surgery?
Reverse shoulder replacement is a revolutionary procedure in that it can help patients for whom other treatments have not offered adequate relief from their shoulder symptoms. By reversing the normal positioning of the ball and socket in the joint, this procedure can help to alleviate shoulder pain and increase range of motion.
Here are some of the factors which will influence whether a patient is a suitable candidate for this surgery:
- Type & Severity of Shoulder Damage – There are a number of circumstances in which a patient may benefit from reverse shoulder replacement. This procedure may be suggested for individuals with severe arthritis (cuff tear arthropathy), irreparable damage to the rotator cuff, significant shoulder pain/immobilization or a previous failed shoulder replacement.
- Age & Activity Level – Generally speaking, this shoulder surgery is more commonly recommended to older patients than younger ones. Since older individuals tend to be less active, they will have an easier time with recovery. Recovery is typically at least four months. Furthermore, an older patient will most likely put less strain on their operated shoulder than an active young person.
These are a few important considerations when deciding if reverse shoulder joint replacement surgery is a good option for you at this time. Ultimately, your orthopedic surgeon will need to examine your shoulder and ask you a series of questions in order to determine whether you are a candidate.
Depend on Dr. Soffer for Personalized, Experience-Backed Shoulder Care
If you are seeking quality care for lingering shoulder symptoms, Dr. Stephen Soffer is a choice you can rely on. Recognized as one of the top doctors in the U.S. in the field of orthopedic surgery and artificial joint replacement, Dr. Soffer possesses significant expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder conditions. Through state-of-the-art treatments such as reverse shoulder joint replacement surgery, he helps patients get lasting relief from shoulder pain.
Whether your shoulder issue necessitates surgery or can be treated with conservative methods, Dr. Soffer will focus on helping you get back to normal as quickly as possible. To arrange a consultation, please call our office at 610-375-4949.