Rotator cuff arthropathy

The difference between anatomic and reverse shoulder replacement

Lots of patients are a little confused about the 2 main types of shoulder replacements, anatomic and reverse shoulder replacement. Check out this video to learn more.

Experience Matters

Many people wonder how much experience matters when selecting a surgeon. Almost every advice column (including this one, 10 questions to ask your surgeon) puts surgeon experience near the top of the list. It is difficult to judge how much experience is adequate for a particular procedure. However, when it comes to shoulder replacement, there have been a few studies that try to measure how much experience is enough when evaluating a surgeon.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement Patient Guide

Reverse shoulder replacement (also known as reverse shoulder arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure designed for patients who have non-repairable damage to their rotator cuff in conjunction with arthritis. This condition is commonly termed “cuff tear arthropathy.” Reverse shoulder replacement can also be used to treat shoulder fractures in older patients. Reverse shoulder replacement still replaces the ball and socket of the shoulder joint with new metal and plastic parts. A reverse is similar to a traditional or primary shoulder replacement because both involve “replacing” the arthritic or “worn out” shoulder joint. However, a reverse places the rounded “ball” part on the socket and the hollowed out socket on the arm bone, or humerus.

Rotator Cuff Arthropathy

Rotator Cuff Arthropathy

What is rotator cuff arthropathy?