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The Difference Between Standard Shoulder Replacement and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

When it comes to facing shoulder surgery, there is often a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding the procedures for a patient. This lack of understanding can lead patients to feel extremely uncertain about the procedure they are facing and can leave patients feeling like their options are extremely limited. However, there are more options available today than simply traditional total shoulder replacement. We are passionate about ensuring our patients understand their options when it comes to shoulder surgery. If you have heard about reverse total shoulder replacement in Ohio, but you are unclear about what this entails, we are here to shed some light on the matter. We hope to help you understand the differences between standard shoulder replacement and the innovative reverse total shoulder replacement. We believe that the more information our clients are empowered with, the better decisions they can make for their health. Our goal is for you to find the right solution for your specific shoulder needs.


Before we delve into the specialties of total reverse shoulder replacement, let’s review how your shoulder works. Your shoulder can be thought of as a large ball and socket joint involving tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments. All of these important components keep your shoulder held together, but allow for the full range of motion a healthy shoulder should experience. A major part of your shoulder’s workings is your rotator cuff. Unfortunately, many patients have suffered tears to their rotator cuffs. A tear to the rotator cuff is not necessarily something that happens in one incident, it is actually quite often something that occurs over time. The more significant the tear to your rotator cuff, the harder it is for a traditional shoulder replacement surgery to be effective.

This is where reverse total shoulder replacement comes into play.


As the somewhat confusing name implies, reverse total shoulder replacement surgery involves a reversal in the process. In traditional total shoulder replacement the procedure involves replacing the ball and socket of the shoulder joint. Reverse total shoulder replacement also replaces this ball and socket. However, contrary to the traditional method which places the ball and socket in their natural orientation, reverse total shoulder replacement puts the ball and socket in reverse orientation.

The purpose of switching this orientation is to allow for better functionality due to the deteriorated rotator cuff. When you reverse the order, your shoulder is able to provide improved functionality and this should also lead to a lowered amount of pain. Determining if this is the right solution for your particular needs comes down to finding the right doctor to help assess the condition of your shoulder’s rotator cuff.


If you are considering a reverse total shoulder replacement in Ohio, the first step is, of course, finding a doctor you can trust. If you are in need of an evaluation of your options for shoulder replacement, please contact us to schedule with consultation with Dr. Kovack. Dr. Kovack has experience handling reverse total shoulder replacement and he can advise you on the best option according to your specific situation. No two patients are the same, and we are always dedicated to ensuring each patient is treated with special attention and concern to their specific problem. Dr. Kovack can help you determine if reverse total shoulder replacement is the right solution for your shoulder pain. He will outline exactly what your options are and what the procedure would involve for you. Call us today at 614-930-6489. Don’t endure chronic shoulder pain needlessly, find the solution for your shoulder issues with Dr. Kovack.

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