Personalized surgical options from a range of proven techniques
Most shoulder surgery can be done arthroscopically. However, sometimes a better result can be achieved with open surgery. Open-shoulder surgery may be required to remove or shave bone spurs located in hard-to-reach areas; to repair extensive rotator cuff tears; to repair ligaments, blood vessels and nerves that have been badly damaged as the result of shoulder dislocations; to realign bones, stabilize the injured joint and repair stretched ligaments associated with fractured collarbones or shoulder separations; and to repair or replace shoulder joints damaged by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Our surgeons have extensive experience in arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to diagnose and treat joint injuries without making large incisions. For the patient, this means less pain and faster recovery times. Arthroscopic surgery is not limited to simple procedures; even complicated surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.
During arthroscopic surgery, your surgeon will make tiny incisions in the skin and insert an arthroscope, a pencil-sized lens and lighting system. The arthroscope magnifies internal structures and is attached to a miniature television camera, which then projects the image onto a screen, allowing the surgeon to see the injured area and tissues. Joints most frequently assessed and operated on using arthroscopic surgery include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip and wrist.
Recovery Following Surgery
Recovery following any type of surgery for a shoulder injury is very much dependent upon the individual and the extent of the injury. While most surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis, you can expect to be required to rest the joint fully for a minimum of several weeks up to a month or two.
Immediately following surgery, you will be given or prescribed appropriate pain medications and will be instructed to ice and elevate the joint. Your surgeon will follow up with you to ensure that you are healing appropriately and to provide additional instructions based on your recovery. Eventually, you will likely be given exercises that you can perform at home to strengthen the joint before beginning a physical therapy and rehabilitation program (if necessary).
Again, depending on the nature and extent of your injury, your full recovery may take from two to six months.