Reverse Shoulder Replacement Symptoms Surgery

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Reverse Shoulder Replacement Symptoms Surgery

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is not usually successful for every patient with large rotator cuff tears surgery who has developed a complex type of shoulder arthritis called rotator cuff tear arthropathy surgery. In the result of this condition, it causes severe pain, and the patient will not be able to move his hand then the surgeon will recommend him for reverse total shoulder replacement which is the most better option.

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons which are around the shoulder joint.  Those muscles and tendons join the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. The rotator cuff helps you in lifting and rotating the arm. And by which the shoulder joint remains at its place. But sometimes, the tendons tear or get pinched by the bones around them which cause severe ache, because of that surgery has been taken place. If the surgery was not successful, then the reverse shoulder replacement surgery takes place to relieve the pain and complications.

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Reverse Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder is made up of two parts, one part is a ball, and other is socket joint. The humerus bone which a long bone of hand (arm bone, which forms the ball) and the glenoid (socket). It is therefore known as the “glenohumeral joint.” When arthritis affects the shoulder, in the result of this it can cause the lining of the joint surfaces to wear and cause severe pain and stiffness.

In the surgery of reverse shoulder replacement, both the head of the humerus bone and the glenoid which is also known as socket are replaced with artificial surfaces such as metal and durable plastic. However, the joint or synapse between the ball and socket is reversed, in which the ball becomes the new socket, and the socket becomes the new ball. It makes muscles stronger around the shoulder to move the shoulder and arm with minimum force and improves the range of movement by which patient can move hand in many directions.

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Reverse Shoulder Replacement Symptoms:

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended if you have:

  • If you have treated by the surgery of rotator cuff. The surgery got unsuccessful.
  • When you have a completely torn rotator cuff which cannot be repaired
  • The patient has treated by arthropathy, and that becomes unsuccessful.
  • A complex fracture takes place on the joint of the shoulder.
  • Chronic shoulder dislocated from its main position.
  • A malignant tumor has been produced on the shoulder joint.
  • If the patient has tried the physical therapy exercises or physiotherapy and did not get relief with such things like rest, medications, cortisone injections, and physical therapy, that have not relieved shoulder pain and stiffness.
  • The patient is not able to move his hands or lift weight above his head, and severe shoulder pain and difficulty occur while lifting the arm away from his side or over his head.


Before surgery, a surgeon will give you to intake some medicines and may be trying to physical therapy exercise of the patient’s shoulder as well.

After that, the surgeon will follow the following steps for surgery, which are the following:

  • The patient will ask to remove his dress and wear the patient’s gown.
  • Patient has to clean and shaved his exposed parts where the surgery will take place.
  • The surgeon will inject him an injection by which the receptor of the injured area gets numb.
  • After that, the surgeon will clean the area with antiseptic.
  • A surgeon will make an incision on the front or the top of the patient’s shoulder.
  • He will put a tiny camera called arthroscope, inside by an incision which guides him with the correct location on the monitor screen.
  • The damaged bone will remove by the surgeon and then position or place where the new components to restore function to your shoulder.
  • After that, he will stitch the surgical area and dressed it.



Although every surgery has its complications and risks after taking place. The reverse shoulder replacement has its complications which can occur in the patient after the surgery.

The risks and complications are the following:

  • Bleeding
  • nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Loosening or dislocation of the components.
  • Fracture of a bone during insertion of the components.
  • Nerve injury.
  • Thrombosis/blood clot.

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