For patients who suffer from a complex type of shoulder arthritis called “cuff tear arthropathy”, individuals with an irreparable rotator cuff tear, and those who have undergone other replacement surgeries without success, a reverse total shoulder replacement may be considered.

Often considered a last resort for patients, a reverse total shoulder replacement is a variation of the traditional shoulder replacement procedure. The surgery involves switching the position of the prosthetic socket and metal ball, attaching the metal ball to the shoulder bone, and the artificial socket to the humerus bone.


Reverse shoulder replacement surgery typically takes about one hour and is performed under general anesthesia. Patients can expect a short hospital stay. The arm will be immobilized in a sling for up to six weeks. Some pain, discomfort, and limited mobility should be expected for a few weeks after surgery.

Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends a rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Implementing a rehab protocol, enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.

When experience matters, contact Dr. Goldberg to assess and determine the best treatment options for you. He has performed over 2000 shoulder arthroscopic procedures, making him one of the most experienced surgeons in the Southwest Florida area. Schedule an appointment today!