Have you experienced a rotator cuff injury either through an accident or repetitive wear and tear over time? Your four rotator cuff tendons, attached to the bone of the upper arm (humerus), provide the up, down and circular movements of the ball and socket shoulder joint of the shoulder. When compromised, simple tasks such as putting on clothes or combing hair are comprised, painful or altogether impossible.
Dr. Mario Quesada and his associate physicians at the Orthopedic Institute of Rio Grande Valley evaluate patients for dysfunctions of the shoulder and other major joints. They offer the latest in individualized care and treatments to restore full function to the extremities and increase the health and overall well-being of their patients. An innovative treatment for rotator cuff injury is the Brownsville reverse total shoulder replacement surgery.
What is reverse total shoulder replacement?
In a typical shoulder replacement surgery, the ends of the humerus and scapula of the shoulder are removed and replaced with a metal ball at the top of the humerus and a plastic cup at the scapula. The doctor repairs the tendons and closes the incision. Surgeons have discovered that this traditional procedure works well for many conditions but not so well for severe rotator cuff tears or advanced arthritis in the shoulder joint.
Enter reverse total shoulder replacement or reverse arthroplasty. Just as in the traditional operation, the physician resurfaces the bone ends in the shoulder and installs a metal ball and plastic cup prosthesis. However, he or she reverses the location of the ball and cup. In other words, the doctor places the ball at the end of the scapula and the cap on the humerus. This allows the shoulder to bypass the rotator cuff tendons and to use the large, shield-shaped deltoid muscle to move the shoulder.
As with any joint replacement, recovery from Brownsville reverse total shoulder replacement takes time, patience and work. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advises rest and no heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks after surgery. A sling supports the joint, and in-hospital treatment includes passive range-of-motion exercises and physical therapy. A disciplined exercise program continues after discharge, and the patient returns to normal activities of daily living in a few weeks.
Orthopedic Institute of Rio Grande Valley
The physicians at the Orthopedic institute of Rio Grande Valley recommend reverse total should replacement to restore more normal arm and shoulder function and to relieve patients of persistent and debilitating pain. If more conservative treatments are not working to relieve your arthritis or rotator cuff issues, contact Dr. Mario Quesada and his staff for a consultation appointment. Learn if this innovative operation is just what you need to feel and function at your best. Call (956) 544-2663.
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