The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints and is therefore prone to injury. Pain in the shoulder may be caused by injured or over-used muscles, tendons, and ligaments; medical conditions such as arthritis, and injuries such as fractures or rotator cuff tears.
Standard shoulder replacement involves replacing the ball of the shoulder with a ball, and the socket with a socket. A reverse shoulder replacement, however, switches the ball and socket; replacing the ball with a socket, and the socket with a ball.
Reverse shoulder replacement is an option for patients who may experience pain and limited motion caused by the conventional method. Reverse shoulder replacement is generally a better option for patients with cuff tears or a previous standard shoulder replacement that was unsuccessful.
For the best possible outcome, shoulder replacement should be performed by a well-trained, experienced orthopedic surgeon. The majority of orthopedic surgeons at Texas Orthopedic Hospital are members of the Fondren Orthopedic Group L.L.P., a group globally recognized for leadership in orthopedic medicine.