Shoulder Replacement Surgery: What is Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty?

As an orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty in conditions of the shoulder, including shoulder replacement and shoulder pain treatment options, I understand the concerns and questions patients have about reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA). This shoulder surgery is a newer form of shoulder replacement and is performed following the loss of function of the rotator cuff, either from shoulder arthritis or a severe rotator cuff tear. The procedure involves reversing the mechanics of the shoulder, so the cup becomes the ball and the ball becomes the cup. This allows other muscles to move the shoulder.

In the following video, I answer some common questions from patients considering a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. I encourage you to view it now for more information on what conditions rTSA treats, who are the ideal patients and what to expect following surgery.

Patients with other shoulder conditions may find the following information helpful:

Dr. Lowry Jones, Jr.About the Author: Lowry Jones, Jr., M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the shoulder and knee, as well as workers compensation injuries. He also treats disorders of the foot and ankle, hip, back and elbow. 

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