What is a Reverse Shoulder Replacement?
Reverse shoulder replacement is a revolutionary type of surgery which is done in rare cases where the patients have had no solution from other procedures and have suffered for years. This complicated and extremely technical surgery, which was originally designed in the 1980’s in Europe, is performed by highly skilled and experienced surgeons. To understand Reverse Shoulder Replacement, we must understand the basic anatomy of the shoulder. Our shoulder is a ball and socket-type joint made up of two main parts – the humerus (ball) and glenoid (socket). A reverse shoulder replacement uses an artificial device to replace the damaged shoulder joint but in a reversed manner. It has the ball of the shoulder joint where the socket should be and the socket where the ball normally is. Thus, the anatomy is reversed.