Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Is an Option for Patients in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ

Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Freehold and Monroe Township NJAdvanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute is pleased to offer reverse shoulder arthroplasty procedures for patients in Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey. We’ve been serving this community since 2007, and we take pride in being one of the area’s premier orthopedics and sports medicine providers.

Traditional vs. Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Many people have heard of shoulder replacement surgery but aren’t aware that there are two different types: traditional shoulder arthroplasty and reverse shoulder arthroplasty. The difference lies in the type of prosthetic used. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, with the humerus (upper arm bone) fitting into the shoulder socket. During a traditional shoulder replacement, the surgeon replaces the top of the humerus with a prosthetic ball, and the socket with a prosthetic cup. During a reverse shoulder replacement, the placement of prosthetics is switched—the surgeon replaces the top of the humerus with a prosthetic cup, and the socket with a prosthetic ball.

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty is less common than traditional shoulder arthroplasty, but it may be a better option for certain patients, such as those with a rotator cuff tear that can’t be repaired, or those who have developed cuff tear arthropathy. Patients with those conditions may find that a traditional shoulder replacement increases their pain or decreases their range of motion. Patients who have already had a traditional shoulder replacement performed and haven’t found relief from their symptoms may also benefit from reverse shoulder arthroplasty.

Meet With One of Our Experienced Orthopedists

If you believe that you might be a candidate for a shoulder replacement, contact AOSMI today to schedule an appointment at one of our nearby offices—we have locations in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ. One of the experienced orthopedic specialists on our team will perform an examination, talk with you about your condition, and discuss the treatment options available to you. And, if it turns out that you do require a shoulder replacement, we’ll let you know whether reverse shoulder arthroplasty is appropriate for your needs.