Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty is a procedure that has been developed for patients who have developed both a large tear of the rotator cuff and severe arthritis. Prior to the Reverse Shoulder Replacement there were very few effective options for treating this very difficult condition also called Cuff Tear Arthropathy. Traditional Shoulder Replacements have a very high failure rate when implanted in these difficult to treat shoulders.
While the Reverse Total Shoulder Procedure has been performed for many decades in Europe, it has only recently approved in the United States since 2004.
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