Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
in Los Angeles, CA
The shoulder is a complex set of muscles, bones, and ligaments that can be a challenge for many orthopedic surgeons.
When more conservative approaches fall short, Dr. Snibbe can perform a reverse total replacement to restore function and relieve pain caused by shoulder injuries or degenerative disease.
How Is Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Performed?
Dr. Snibbe will explain the procedure during your consultation and what to expect. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions (we recommend making a list of your concerns), and a thorough medical evaluation will be conducted to assess your overall health and suitability for surgery.
You will be asked about any medication you are currently taking, including blood thinners. Some medicines may need to be adjusted or stopped temporarily prior to surgery.
Before undergoing a reverse total shoulder replacement, patients should expect to complete the following:
- Imaging: X-rays and possibly other imaging studies, such as MRI or CT scan, will be performed to assess the extent of damage to the shoulder joint.
- Physical Therapy: In some cases, preoperative physical therapy may be recommended to improve shoulder muscle strength and range of motion.
- Short-term Fasting: Patients are instructed to fast for a specified period before surgery, usually starting at midnight the night before the procedure.
Your Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is usually an inpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia with sedation.
Dr. Snibbe makes an incision on the front of the shoulder to access the affected joint and remove damaged bone and soft tissues. This often includes the arthritic parts of the humerus and the glenoid (shoulder socket).
The reverse shoulder implant, which consists of a metal ball attached to the glenoid and a plastic socket attached to the humerus, is securely placed, the incision is closed with sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.
What to Expect During Recovery From Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
You will be closely monitored in the recovery room before being transferred to your hospital room.
When discharged, you will need to follow a specific post-surgical care plan, including:
- Pain control: Medications will be prescribed to manage pain.
- Immobilization: You may need to wear a sling or a brace to support the shoulder joint during the initial healing phase.
- Downtime: The recovery timeline for reverse total shoulder replacement varies among patients, but most individuals can expect significant improvement in pain and function within several months after surgery. Even though you may feel better, follow Dr. Snibbe’s instructions regarding activity limitations, which may include restrictions on lifting and certain arm movements.
- Physical Therapy: A physical therapist will work with you to help you gradually regain shoulder strength and mobility.
- Follow-up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Snibbe are necessary to monitor progress and address any concerns. However, if you experience anything unexpected, you are encouraged to call the office immediately to avoid serious complications such as infection, blood clots, and implant problems that may occur, although these are rare.
Follow these tips for a more comfortable recovery experience:
- Pick up prescriptions and prepare meals before your surgery date.
- Prepare a comfortable resting spot and place everything you need within arm’s length before your procedure.
- Arrange for help for the first few days at home, according to Dr. Snibbe’s direction.
- Take good care of your dressings and incisions.
- Avoid strenuous and restricted activities
- Follow all postoperative instructions
After your surgery, our surgeon, nurses, and physical therapists will set personalized goals to get you moving again.
What Results Can I Expect After Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement?
After recovery, if you follow all instructions and do not experience any complications, you should regain the ability to move freely without pain.
We emphasize the importance of following all instructions, as this is imperative to the success of your shoulder replacement surgery.
How Much Does Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Cost?
The cost of reverse total shoulder replacement depends on your specific shoulder condition and the health of the supporting hard and soft tissue.
You will receive an accurate quote at the end of your consultation with Dr. Snibbe.