Often, you can experience shoulder arthritis along with damage to the rotator cuff, which is the group of muscles that hold your shoulder in place and allow you to move your arm in different directions. If you suffer from both conditions at the same time, a total shoulder replacement procedure may not provide sufficient relief.
Another alternative is reverse total shoulder replacement. In this open surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon replaces worn away cartilage and changes the position of the ball and socket joint so you can use a different set of healthy muscles to move your arm instead of your damaged rotator cuff muscles.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery – MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach
Reverse total shoulder replacement shoulder surgery is an advanced and complex procedure that requires specialized expertise and a personalized approach. The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital perform more of these procedures than any other team in the Washington, D.C. area.
All of our orthopedic surgeons are fellowship trained in surgery and focus exclusively on shoulder surgery. We even train surgeons from around the country on how to perform shoulder procedures. You can trust that our experience and leadership will offer you the highest quality care and effectively treat your condition.
We spend time with you and your family to explain the details of your treatment options. We work together to craft an effective treatment plan that feels most comfortable and appropriate for your needs. We also develop a rehabilitation program that will help you get back to your favorite activities feeling healthy and pain-free.
We use reverse total shoulder replacement surgery to address a variety of conditions including:
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery Recovery
You can expect to spend a few months recovering from reverse total shoulder replacement. For the first month, you will need to protect your arm by wearing a sling. Afterwards, you will spend time doing physical therapy exercises either at home or in a clinic setting. Your surgeon will discuss the specific course of your recovery with you as you prepare for your procedure.