Shoulder Replacements

Onward Orthopedics performs shoulder replacements on patients suffering from pain and loss of function from arthritis. Our practice specializes in both traditional and reverse approaches to shoulder replacements.


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Traditional Shoulder Replacement

During a traditional shoulder replacement, an orthopedic surgeon removes the arthritic joint surfaces and replaces them with a metal ball and plastic socket. Patients with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis and healthy rotate cuff tendons are ideal candidates for a traditional shoulder replacement.


When to Consider this Procedure:

  • Shoulder pain limits daily activities like dressing and reaching out
  • Moderate to severe pain while resting
  • Loss of motion or weakness in the shoulder
  • Pain has not been relieved from conservative treatment

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

A reverse total shoulder replacement is an ideal option for patients who have completely torn rotator cuffs or have had previous shoulder replacement which has failed. During a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are swapped, allowing the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the torn rotator cuff to lift the arm.

Reverse vs. Traditional Shoulder Replacement

Unsure of which shoulder replacement you qualify for? It all depends on your specific condition. If you already have an X-Ray of your aching joint, contact us today and we will review your imaging for free.


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