Shoulder surgery may be needed due to injury, overuse, and age-related wear and tear. The shoulder is a versatile joint that’s susceptible to injury in its tendons, cartilage, and other soft tissues. In many instances, conservative treatments such as rest, physical therapy, medications, and injections can provide sufficient relief. However, if these treatments fail to reduce pain or other symptoms, surgery may be recommended.
In many cases, shoulder surgery can be performed using an arthroscope, a thin instrument with a lighted camera that allows a surgeon to clearly view the joint without having to make a large incision and damage healthy tissue. This minimally invasive approach yields faster recovery times, less post-operative pain and swelling, and reduced risk of complications than other surgical options. Other times, a traditional, open surgical approach may be required.
Some of the conditions that can be treated with shoulder surgery include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder instability
- Labral tears
- Biceps tendon injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- AC joint injuries
- Shoulder arthritis
Individuals who are experiencing pain or loss of function in their shoulder can receive the thorough evaluation and treatment they deserve from Dr. Ira Guttentag at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Dr. Guttentag is a board-certified orthopaedic physician and surgeon specializing in sports medicine who has extensive experience with shoulder surgery.
Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guttentag.