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Reverse Shoulder Replacement: Restoring Function And Relief

Posted On: Feb 02, 2024

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Reverse Shoulder Replacement: Benefits, Risks, Procedure and Recovery

A reverse shoulder replacement procedure is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged shoulder joint with an implant with the ball and socket reversed. This means the metal ball is attached to the shoulder blade (glenoid), and the plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone (humerus). This is different from a traditional shoulder replacement, where the positions of the ball and socket are the same as in a healthy shoulder.

Indications for Reverse Shoulder Replacement

  • Rotator cuff tear Arthropathy

This is a condition where a large rotator cuff tear damages the shoulder joint, leading to pain, weakness, and limited range of motion. In traditional shoulder replacements, the rotator cuff is needed to function properly, but in a reverse shoulder arthroplasty, the deltoid muscle takes over the main role in moving the arm.

  • Severe glenoid Arthritis

This is severe arthritis of the shoulder socket, which can cause significant pain and limit movement.

  • Failed traditional shoulder replacement

If a previous shoulder replacement has failed, a reverse shoulder replacement may be an option to salvage the joint and improve function.

  • Fractures of the proximal humerus

In some cases, severe fractures of the upper arm bone near the shoulder joint can be treated with a reverse shoulder replacement.

In case you observe any of the indications, feel free to contact with the best orthopaedic expert in Delhi.

Benefits of Reverse Shoulder Replacement

  • Pain Relief

The surgery can significantly reduce pain in the shoulder and arm.

  • Improved Range of Motion

Patients often experience an improvement in their ability to raise arms and perform daily activities.

  • Functional Restoration

Many patients can return to activities they enjoy, such as playing golf or swimming.

Contact with our team of specialists now to get the best treatmnet at the finest orthopaedic hospital in Delhi

Risks and Complications

  • As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications associated with reverse shoulder replacement. These include:

    • Infection

    • Bleeding

    • Nerve damage

    • Loosening of the implant

    • Stiffness

    • Fracture

  • Discussing these risks and complications with your doctor before surgery is important.

Procedure Details

  • General anesthesia is used during the surgery.

  • An incision is made in the front of the shoulder.

  • The damaged shoulder joint is removed.

  • The implant's metal ball and plastic socket are attached to the bones.

  • The incision is closed with stitches.

Recovery Details

  • After reverse shoulder replacement surgery, you will likely stay in the hospital for 1-3 days.

  • You will wear a sling for several weeks to protect the shoulder as it heals.

  • Physical therapy will be necessary to regain strength and range of motion.

  • Full recovery can take several months.



Reverse shoulder replacement is a major surgical procedure which can give life-changing results when performed by the right expert orthopedician. At Manipal Hospitals Delhi, we have the best Orthopedicians and surgeons trained with some of the best institutions globally. We bring you the best healthcare and patient-centricity in your city. 

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