Shoulder surgery may be an appropriate treatment option for patients with severe joint pain, stiffness, or instability that does not improve with conservative treatments like physical therapy and immobilization.
This minimally invasive procedure is performed with an arthroscope, a thin surgical instrument with a small camera on the end. Surgeons use arthroscopies to view inside the joint and make evidence-based diagnoses. Arthroscopies may also be performed with other special tools to treat frozen shoulder, shoulder dislocation, and SLAP tears.
Rotator cuff repair
Commonly performed in throwing athletes, rotator cuff surgery is done to repair damaged portions of the rotator cuff, or the group of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder joint securely in place.
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint repair
The AC joint, which joins the clavicle to the acromion, is susceptible to damage from arthritis, overuse injuries, and instability that can lead to shoulder separation. Surgery is often used to address these issues.
Sometimes, patients with severe arthritis or trauma to the shoulder joint may require shoulder replacement. Also called an arthroplasty, shoulder replacement involves removing the damaged surfaces of this ball-and-socket joint and replacing them with artificial components to restore mobility and strength.
Shoulder surgery at Orthopaedic Specialists
Orthopaedic Specialists in the Greater Pittsburgh Region functions as a privately owned, academic-affiliated, and researched-focused orthopedic practice that offers the latest advancements in shoulder surgery to patients. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons leverage muscle-sparing techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes with as little discomfort as possible. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation.