Orthopedic Surgery – Shoulders

Arthroscopic Procedures, Totals, Reverse Totals, Injections & Physical Therapy

Ongoing shoulder pain is rarely something you can simply shrug off. In fact, if you’re visiting our site, chances are you’ve been struggling with pain that is probably getting in the way of daily activities, sleep, and life in general.

You can find a lot of information about shoulder pain and even orthopedic surgery, but our goal is to help you make an informed decision about what can help your specific type of pain.

Do I need surgery? My shoulder doesn‘t hurt that bad… Are injections or therapy an option?

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Brief Overview

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder joint. The benefits of arthroscopy include smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.

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Arthroscopy may be recommended for shoulder problems such as:

• Evaluation and treatment of instability
• A torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or  biceps tendon
• A torn rotator cuff
• Stiffness of the shoulder
• Subacromial decompression
• Arthritis of the end of the clavicle
• Treatment of frozen shoulder
• Removal of loose bodies
• Debridement / drainage of shoulder joint infection

Total Joint Replacement

Brief Overview

Several conditions can cause severe joint pain and disability that lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery.

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic, or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

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Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Brief Overview

Every year, thousands of conventional total shoulder replacements are successfully done in the United States for patients with shoulder arthritis. This type of surgery, however, is not as beneficial for patients with large rotator cuff tears who have developed a complex type of shoulder arthritis called “cuff tear arthropathy.” For these patients, conventional total shoulder replacement may result in pain and limited motion, and reverse total shoulder replacement may be an option.

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What is a reverse shoulder replacement?

It is different from the native anatomy of the shoulder and the conventional total shoulder replacement in that the position of the “ball” (humeral head) and “socket” (glenoid) are reversed. The “ball” is positioned on the glenoid and is termed the glenosphere, while the “socket” is positioned on the humeral shaft.

Physical Therapy

Brief Overview

Physical Therapy is an integral part of the recovery process. Our goal is to get you back into your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible; which is why we have a dedicated staff of physical therapists to assist your recovery process. Rest assured our team understands your unique limits and abilities and will be there to encourage you in a positive and friendly way.

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