What is a reverse total shoulder replacement and when is it needed?

A reverse total shoulder replacement is an orthopaedic procedure used to maintain the shoulder joint for people who have arthritis of the shoulder AND an irreparable, retracted rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is what enables us to lift our arms up; and damage to the rotator cuff is a common cause of shoulder weakeness. These symptoms become more common as people age. Up to 50 per cent of people over the age of 75 years have a tear in one or other rotator cuff tendons.

Read more about reverse total shoulder replacements including:

  • How patients commonly present;
  • How a diagnosis is made;
  • How these problems are treated (both operative and non-operative options); and
  • Questions I am frequently asked.

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