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Growing more common is a procedure called reverse shoulder replacement. For some with rotator cuff problems, reversing the socket and metal ball that goes into a conventional replacement is a better alternative. Dr. Katherine Burns, orthopedic surgeon at SSM Health DePaul Hospital says the reverse shoulder replacement is a solution for a wide variety of conditions including arthritis and rotator cuff tears.
It can be scary to think that changing the way nature originally intended a shoulder to work, but it’s been shown over the last 25 years that reverse shoulder replacement can be very effective for a group of patients.
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