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A degenerative shoulder condition causes the smooth surfaces of the joint to wear off. This results in severe pain, loss of stability and inability to have full range motion. The board-certified orthopedic physicians at Adventist Health Simi Valley are well-equipped to replace the worn area with a new smooth surface without altering the normally functionality of the muscles or ligaments. This allows for a more normal range of motion and increased stability. If you have a degenerative joint and have lost ligament stability, a total joint replacement will relieve pain, but will not allow for normal motion.
Our team of orthopedic physicians offer reverse total shoulder arthroplasty surgery to patients seeking to improve shoulder mobility. 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 effectively captures the ball in a way that normal total shoulder arthroplasty cannot achieve. This results in relief from pain and improved shoulder mobility.
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. In addition, these patients experience severe shoulder pain and limited shoulder functionality.