Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty)

The shoulder is a large and complex joint that is almost constantly in motion, making it prone to injuries, overuse and pain. For patients with large or irreparable rotator cuff tears that result in severe shoulder arthritis, reverse total shoulder arthoplasty (replacement) may be an option.

Dr. Scott Ellsworth, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow conditions, explains that reverse total shoulder replacement involves reversing the orientation of the ball and socket inside the shoulder joint, allowing the shoulder to function without a rotator cuff. In the following video, Dr. Ellsworth explains more about the procedure, recovery and which conditions it is used to treat:

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About Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics

Since 1923, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics has provided high-quality orthopedic care. Our patient care team includes board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists, as well as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, durable medical equipment specialists and more. With two convenient locations in Leawood and Kansas City, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options across all subspecialties of orthopedic medicine.


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