Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery for Patients from DeKalb, IL & Surrounding Areas
Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is performed by orthopaedic surgeons at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in the DeKalb, IL, area. Our shoulder specialists have completed fellowships and are committed to advancing their profession through lifelong learning. At MOI, our physicians also take a holistic approach to orthopaedic care, with a focus on treating the whole patient, rather than simply a shoulder condition or other musculoskeletal injury.
There are several conditions that can cause shoulder pain and impaired function, the most common of which is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). Others include rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy (a loss of shoulder joint cartilage), severe fractures, and failed previous shoulder replacement surgery. In general shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended if severe shoulder pain or lost range of motion interferes with daily activities or rest, and the symptoms do not improve with conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and cortisone injections.
When determining which type of shoulder replacement surgery is more appropriate for a patient, one of the key factors that MOI’s surgeons in DeKalb, Illinois, consider is the degree of damage to the rotator cuff. Reverse shoulder replacement is an innovative approach that allows the deltoid muscle – rather than the rotator cuff – to power and position the arm.
A reverse shoulder replacement can be a good option for a patient who requires a shoulder joint replacement and has:
- Severe arm weakness and a completely torn rotator cuff
- Severe arthritis and rotator cuff arthropathy
- A previous shoulder replacement that failed
Regardless of whether a conventional or reverse technique is performed, many shoulder replacement patients experience significant pain relief and are often able to participate in work-related, sporting, and daily activities that were previously impossible due to shoulder pain.
To speak with an orthopaedic specialist about shoulder replacement surgery and other treatments for shoulder pain, contact Midwest Orthopaedic Institute to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in the DeKalb, IL, area.