degenerative shoulder conditions, the smooth surfaces of the
joint wear off, causing pain and loss of stability and motion.
The orthopedic physicians at Glendale Adventist Medical Center can replace the area with new smooth
surfaces without altering the normally functioning muscles and
ligaments. This allows for a more normal range of motion and
increased stability after surgery.
Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
When a person has both a degenerative joint and loss of ligament
stability, a routine total joint replacement will relieve pain,
but will not allow normal motion.
At GAMC, orthopedic physicians offer patients a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. With this
procedure, the ball portion of the joint is fixed to the shoulder
blade and the cup is attached to the upper arm. By doing this,
the cup captures the ball in a way that normal total shoulder
arthroplasty can't, and therefore the patient not only has relief
of pain but also regains motion.
Patients who are candidates for this procedure are usually age 60
or older and have both an unrepairable rotator cuff tear and
advanced degenerative joint disease of the shoulder. Their pain
and limitation of function are also severe.
For a referral to a GAMC orthopedic physician, call (818) 409-8100.