Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Introduced as an alternative to traditional shoulder replacements, a reverse total shoulder replacement utilizes the deltoid muscle—rather than the rotator cuff—to restore arm function. A reverse total shoulder replacement is presented as an option for patients who tore their rotator cuff or required a revision surgery after an initial replacement.
In December 2016, the FDA issued a Class I recall of Zimmer Biomet’s Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder implants due to the risk of device failure. The report informed patients that failed implants may require a revision surgery or other correctional operation, potentially causing permanent loss of shoulder function, infection, or death.
Patients with a failed reverse shoulder replacement can protect their rights by immediately seeking legal advice for their symptoms, such as:
- Loss of mobility
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