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Total & Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

If you’re suffering with a stiff, painful shoulder, and traditional options like physical therapy and pain medicine haven’t worked, you may be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery.

The procedure, also called total shoulder arthroplasty, involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaces and damaged bone with artificial devices. The skilled surgeons at South Shore Orthopedics offer the latest techniques to help relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or severe fracture, while helping to restore motion, strength and function.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement: Minimally Invasive Technique

Patients with intact, fully functioning rotator cuff tendons are generally good candidates for conventional total shoulder replacement. If you have a large rotator cuff tear, or had a previous shoulder replacement that failed, your surgeon may recommend a reverse total shoulder replacement.

Unlike traditional shoulder replacement, the total reverse shoulder technique does not require your surgeon to reposition or rebuild any bone structures. For you, this may offer a variety of benefits, including faster recovery and a longer lasting, more functional joint.

Am I Candidate for Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

While less common than hip and knee replacement, more than 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year, helping men and women get back to the active lives they love.

You may qualify for a life-changing procedure if:

1. You have tried everything else. Physical therapy, medication, joint injections—you name it, you’ve tried it, and your joints still hurt.

2. Everyday tasks are becoming more difficult. Even something as simple as getting out of bed makes you ache, much less being moderately physically active, or lifting your children or grandchildren.

3. You are otherwise in good health. Age is not usually a consideration when choosing whether or not to have a joint replaced—there is no upper age limit, and younger patients may find that their new joint is a lifelong solution to arthritis pain. The most important concern is whether you are healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure, which typically has a relatively low rate of complications.

See a Shoulder Replacement Specialist

Find an orthopedic surgeon at South Shore or call (781) 624-6673 and we’ll point you to the right specialist.


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