OSS doctors have helped thousands of patients with shoulder pain and injuries
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. In turn, it can also be one of the most unstable joints in the body.
Our team of orthopaedic surgeons use the most cutting-edge clinical skills, diagnostic tools, and treatments to take care of the shoulder anatomy and its associated structures.
Meet the the orthopaedic surgeons who focus on the shoulder:
OSS doctors always start with the most conservative approach (in other words, the least invasive to your body and lifestyle) to help you ease the shoulder pain and improve how you move. Our doctors begin with the most conservative established proven approaches and progress to more advanced approaches as clinically necessary.
Common Surgeries Performed
Shoulder Scope (Shoulder Arthroscopy)
Shoulder Scope surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that is made with small 2cm incisions to access the shoulder joint. The benefits of arthroscopic surgery include a faster recovery, minimal blood loss, less scarring, and reduced surgical complications.
An arthroscopic surgery is when your surgeon introduces several long, thin light instruments into the shoulder joint to see the shoulder with live video. The surgeon then examines the rotator cuff to debride tears, anchor detached labrum for added shoulder support, and remove excessive bony protrusions of the Acromioclavicular (AC) joint. Once the repair is made, the surgeon then closes the small wound with a couple of stitches or a bandage.
Surgery types include:
- Rotator cuff repair
- Superior Labrum, Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) tear
- AC joint bone spur removal
- Bicep tendon repair (tenodesis)
- Subacromial decompression (shoulder impingement)
- Labrum repair
- Shoulder joint stabilization
Total Shoulder Replacement
One of the main reasons that the joint needs to be replaced is arthritis. Different types of shoulder arthritis can include osteoarthritis (wear from years of use), inflammatory arthritis (chronic joint disease), post-traumatic arthritis (fracture, broken bone in the shoulder joint), or rotator cuff arthropathy (injury to the rotator cuff). OSS orthopaedic surgeons will replace your shoulder (the ball and the socket) by using an artificial joint called a prosthesis. The benefits of shoulder replacement surgery include: relief from pain, and helps restore motion, strength, and function of the shoulder.
OSS doctors do both Total Shoulder Replacement (TSR), or Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement (rTSR) surgeries. The major difference is that in a reverse shoulder replacement the ball and socket parts of the shoulder joint switch sides. This means their natural position is reversed.
It may take anywhere between three to six months for the shoulder to heal. Regaining full strength and range of motion can take up to a year.
Repair a Shoulder Fracture
Often, broken (fractured) bones in the shoulder require surgery after a sudden or sporting injury. All our doctors routinely take care of patients who have suddenly broken bones in their shoulder joint.
The OSS doctors are well trained in trauma surgery for the shoulder. Typical trauma surgeries might include:
- Proximal Humeral
- Humeral Shaft
You may have one or more of these problems that is causing pain in your shoulder:
- One or more of the bones becomes fractured, broken. A fractured bone is typically considered to be a sudden trauma.
- Injury from a sport or an activity which causes the shoulder to get dislocated, or cause the soft tissue (muscle, ligament, and tendon) around the shoulder to tear
- Arthritis develops over time or from a previous injury in the shoulder
Complete Approach to Surgery
OSS doctors use many techniques, so you stay safe in surgery. The OSS team will also help you with your recovery. Here is a preview of what our doctors and team do:
- Use minimally invasive surgical techniques in the surgery.
- Give you clear instructions on how to plan before and after your surgery so you are more at ease.
- Perform the procedures in well run, accredited surgery centers or in highly ranked hospitals.
- Work with physician anesthesiologists who are highly trained.
- Manage the after-surgery short-term discomfort safely.
- Monitor your recovery in the office and virtually.
- Get you home sooner. In fact, most surgeries for the shoulder are “same day” surgeries, allowing you to return home later in the day. Of course, we offer the option of an overnight stay if you and your doctor determine it’s needed.
- Get you connected to our physical therapy team, so you rebuild your strength and mobility. Our doctors of physical therapy have excellent training and schooling.
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Trusted Medical Sources
To find out more about shoulder injuries, please visit American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
- Adult Forearm Fractures
- Arthritis of the Shoulder
- Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder
- Brachial Plexus Injuries
- Burners and Stingers
- Chronic Shoulder Instability
- Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
- Common Shoulder Injuries
- Dislocated Shoulder
- Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Forearm Fractures in Children
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Scapula (Shoulder Blade) Fractures
- Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
- Shoulder Joint Tear (Glenoid Labrum Tear)
- Shoulder Separation
- Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)
- SLAP Tears
- Sternoclavicular (SC) Joint Disorders
Description of The Shoulder
The shoulder consists of the humerus, scapula, and the clavicle. These bones work in concert with a number of muscles, including the rotator cuff muscles, to effectively raise and lower the arm. The shoulder allows us to reach, throw, and support our own body weight as we move about our daily lives.