Stephen Raterman, MD offers reverse total shoulder replacement surgery to individuals with rotator cuff arthropathy, a debilitating type of shoulder arthritis that can accompany extensive rotator cuff tears. We encourage you to visit with Dr. Raterman if you are struggling with shoulder pain and immobility that has not responded to conservative treatments. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a pioneer in joint replacement and resurfacing, Dr. Raterman utilizes breakthroughs in surgical care and muscle-sparing techniques to achieve outstanding results for his patients.
In traditional shoulder replacement surgery, the components of the shoulder joint – the glenoid (the “socket”) and the top of the humerus bone (the “ball”) – are removed and replaced with implants to restore natural range of motion. This procedure has produced life-changing results for countless patients, but individuals with rotator cuff arthropathy often require a different surgical approach.
Reverse shoulder replacement entails removing damaged components of the shoulder joint, just as traditional surgery does. However, instead of installing the ball and socket implants in their natural positions, they are switched – the ball component is secured into the glenoid, and the socket component is placed onto the humerus bone. This positioning forces the shoulder to utilize muscles in a way that is ideal for patients with rotator cuff arthroplasty. Specifically, reverse shoulder replacement allows the deltoid muscle to power the arm instead of the rotator cuff.
Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raterman, during which you can learn if you are a candidate for reverse total shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Raterman also stays abreast of the latest advances in arthroscopic medicine and regenerative therapies to help his patients quickly and safely regain mobility and return to the activities they enjoy. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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