Thursday, 31 May 2018

How shoulder joint replacement is different from reverse shoulder replacement

Knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries have become very common nowadays. But shoulder replacement surgery has still not become very common. Degenerative arthritis and Osteoarthritis is the main reason for shoulder replacement. Affected people may experience extreme pain in their shoulder while performing their daily activities. Non-surgical treatments work up to a certain limit but when the problem increases, the need for surgery persists. Surgery is recommended when the other treatments fail to ease the shoulder pain. Before undergoing any shoulder replacement treatment one should be well aware of the type of surgery he/she should be going through. 
How shoulder joint replacement is different from reverse shoulder replacement

Types of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

There are mainly two types of shoulder replacement surgery: Total shoulder replacement and Reverse total replacement surgery. The decision about which surgery the patient should be going through will be taken by the surgeon itself. The main point to decide which surgery the patient should undergo is if the patient is having an attached rotator cuff. This can only be determined by performing some medical diagnosis such as physical exam, an MRI, or an X-ray. 

Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery: This surgery is performed to restore comfort and functioning to the arthritic shoulder. The surgeon replaces the arthritic ball with a smooth metal ball, which is fixed to the arm bone. This procedure provides the most rapid improvement in the functioning of the shoulder. The success rate of the total reverse shoulder replacement surgery is 100% if performed by an expert surgeon.  

Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery: Patients who have developed large rotator cuff tears are advised to undergo reverse shoulder replacement surgery. In this procedure, a plastic sup gets fitted to the upper end of the humorous and the metal ball gets fitted to the socket, which means that the metal ball and socket are switched in a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Sometimes the patient has had a shoulder replacement previously as well which did not become successful. Such patients also undergo a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. 




The Bottom Line

The bottom line of the shoulder replacement is that once the doctor diagnosis the patient completely. He can be the best person to decide what surgery the patient should go for. Depending upon the condition of the shoulder and rotator cuff tears size and position, the surgeon can decide which would be the best procedure to cure the patients’ shoulder. The success rate of total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement is equal. 

The above blog is being contributed by Dr Ashish Jain who is the leading and qualified surgeon for total hip replacement surgeries and other orthopaedic operations. He has delivered various successful operations of orthopaedics in last 20 years. 

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