When Was Reverse Shoulder Replacement Invented?
The reverse shoulder replacement was originally designed to address the combination of shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff tears. It has been performed in the United States since 2003. With its success, it has become the fastest-growing joint replacement procedure. This growth is partly due to the expanded use for other shoulder problems outside of arthritis and cuff tears. Reverse shoulder replacement has been shown to have better results in individuals with cuff tears that a doctor has been unsuccessful at repairing, severe shoulder fractures, chronic shoulder instability, and failed prior shoulder replacements.