Dealing with chronic shoulder pain can affect many areas of your life. If you are suffering from shoulder discomfort, it may be time to see a specialist. Shoulder surgery from a qualified surgeon can help to eliminate pain and improve your quality of life.
At Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, our shoulder surgeons have an extensive understanding of the anatomy, structure, and biomechanics of the shoulder joint, giving them the ability to diagnose and treat injuries with precision and accuracy. Our team is highly qualified in performing a variety of shoulder surgeries.
Available Shoulder Surgeries
Our shoulder surgeons take a personalized approach to care and will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care in order to reduce pain, improve mobility, and help you get back to living an active life. Our surgeons perform several different types of shoulder surgery, including:
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: This procedure involves the use of a small camera, called an arthroscope, to diagnose and treat shoulder problems.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery: A shoulder joint replacement is used to address problems caused by degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis or a fracture.
Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery: This procedure is used to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon, which can be caused by an injury or overuse.
Shoulder Reconstruction Surgery: This procedure is used to repair shoulder instability caused by shoulder dislocation or other injuries.
When is Shoulder Surgery Needed?
Common Shoulder Conditions
Your doctor will determine if shoulder surgery is necessary based on your condition and the severity of your symptoms. Common conditions that may require shoulder surgery include:
Rotator Cuff Injury
A rotator cuff injury is caused by tears in the soft tissue that supports the shoulder joint.
Arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the joints.
Shoulder instability is caused by a tear or dislocation of the ligaments and muscles that support the shoulder joint.
A fracture is caused by a break in the bone, which can occur due to an injury or due to a medical condition.
Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that limits your range of movement because of the tightening of abnormal bands of tissue surrounding the shoulder joint.
Bone spurs are bony growths that can form on the shoulder joint, leading to pain and restricted movement.
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, which is a small sac in the shoulder joint that cushions and lubricates the joint.
Chronic Shoulder Pain
Chronic shoulder pain is a common condition that can be caused by an injury, arthritis, or other medical conditions.
We understand that undergoing shoulder surgery is a difficult decision and that you may have questions about the procedure. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive from our patients:
What is the recovery time for shoulder surgery?
The recovery time for shoulder surgery varies depending on the type of procedure performed. Generally, recovery can take anywhere from several weeks to several months.
Will I need physical therapy?
Most patients will require physical therapy after shoulder surgery in order to gain strength and flexibility back in their shoulder joints. Your doctor will likely recommend that you attend physical therapy sessions for several weeks or months following your surgery.
Are there any complications associated with shoulder surgery?
There are some risks associated with shoulder surgery, including infection, blood clots, and stiffness in the joint. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you beforehand so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the procedure.
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny instruments and a lighted camera to diagnose, repair, or remove damaged tissue in the shoulder joint. This type of surgery generally involves less risk than open shoulder surgery and has a shorter recovery time. Your doctor will be able to determine if arthroscopy is an appropriate option for you.
Is shoulder surgery painful?
Most patients will experience some discomfort during and after their surgery, but this can usually be managed with pain medications prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy to help reduce any pain or stiffness in the joint following the procedure. In most cases, patients will be able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks or months of surgery.
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