If you have a damaged rotator cuff that would not be able to support a traditional shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement or reverse shoulder arthroplasty may be a treatment option.
Like traditional shoulder replacement, the “worn out” parts of your shoulder that rub together is replaced with metal and plastic parts that can move smoothly.
The difference with reverse shoulder replacement is the reversal of your arm bone and shoulder blade that serve as the ball and socket. The “ball” is attached to your shoulder blade, and the “socket” is attached to your upper arm. This procedure allows for your deltoid muscle to compensate for your damaged rotator cuff, resulting in increased stability, strength, and range-of-motion to your shoulder joint.