The Why and When of Shoulder Replacement Surgery
A reverse total shoulder arthroplasty switches the socket and metal ball during the procedure, allowing use of the deltoid muscle

The Why and When of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Total shoulder replacement is a common, successful option when conservative treatment isnt effective.

When an arthritis patient hears the phrase “joint replacement,” a hip or knee usually comes to mind. While it’s true that more than 900,000 Americans each year will have knee or hip replacement surgery, the number of people requiring shoulder replacement surgery is increasing. Today, about 53,000 shoulder replacements are completed annually, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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