Total Reverse Shoulder Replacement

This surgery was developed in Europe in the 1980s. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States in 2004.

Reverse total shoulder replacement may be an option for people who have:

  • completely torn rotator cuffs
  • the effects of severe arthritis (cuff tear arthropathy)
  • had a previous shoulder replacement that failed

Older people who have significant pain and little to no movement in their shoulder are the best candidates. It is ideal for patients with chronic, longstanding rotator cuff tears coupled with arthritis.

Diagnostic procedures may include the following:


In the healthy shoulder, the upper arm bone (humerus) ends in a ball shape. This fits into a socket formed by the shoulder blade (scapula). Together this ball and socket form the shoulder.

The Reverse Shoulder prosthesis “reverses” the way the shoulder works with an implant designed on which the socket and metal ball are switched. The ball portion attaches to the scapula and the socket attaches to the humerus.  By reversing the shoulder anatomy allow the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the rotator cuff to lift the arm. As a result, the patient will have a much better range of motion.

After Surgery/Recovery

Physical Therapy is a critical part of complete recovery. Our doctors recommend DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you, click here.  

Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialists 
Britta Anderson, DO
(Offices in Warren, Detroit, Plymouth & Farmington Hills)
Tariq Awan, DO
(Offices in Detroit, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Sadiq Haque, DO 
(Offices in Detroit, Novi, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)

Expert Shoulder Orthopaedic Surgeons

Stephen Lemos, M.D. Ph.D.
(Offices in Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearbron)
Todd Frush, M.D.
(Office in Plymouth)
Henry Goitz, M.D.
(Office in Warren)
Robert Kohen, M.D.
(Office in Warren)
Jeffery Michaelson, M.D.
(Office in Warren)
Gary Gilyard, M.D. (Office in Warren)

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