Shoulder Replacement Options for Arthritis [Video]

Ask the Expert | Shoulder


[Dr. Freehill] Depending on the severity of your arthritis, we might start discussing the potential for a shoulder replacement. There’re two types of shoulder replacements. There’s one where we replace the ball and socket with another ball and socket. That’s what we call the anatomic shoulder, because the parts are matched. And then there’s the reverse shoulder, where the parts are put in backward, and that requires a little different approach. And that is usually done for patients who also have a second problem, outside of their arthritis, which is a big rotator cuff tear. And so depending on how your rotator cuff looks would determine what type of shoulder replacement you’d be a candidate for.

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