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Total shoulder replacement surgery generally includes replacing the joint surface with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket. Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute surgeons have helped develop instrumentation for surgery and rehabilitation protocols for patients undergoing shoulder replacement.
Reverse shoulder replacement is also available. This is ideal for those who may have a completely torn rotator cuff and the effects of severe arthritis or a previous shoulder replacement that has failed. In this procedure, a new joint is created. The socket goes where the ball was and the ball where the socket was to re-establish the mechanical advantage to the remaining muscle. The procedure helps relieve pain and restore mobility.
Please know that treatment options may vary. It is the discretion of the surgeon and patient as to which surgical method is most appropriate to reach the optimal outcome.