Common Shoulder Problems
- Most People Who Think They Have Shoulder Arthritis, Probably Don’t.
- Arthritis of the Ball and Socket: There Are Good Solutions When the Time is Right.
Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator Cuff Surgery
- Don’t Get a Rotator Cuff Operation Until You’ve Considered These Critical Points
- Can You Repair the Rotator Cuff with Arthroscopic Surgery?
- Can All Torn Rotator Cuffs Be Fixed? If Not, What are Your Options?
- Most People Who Think They Have Shoulder Arthritis, Probably Don’t.
- Arthritis of the Ball and Socket: There Are Good Solutions When the Time is Right. Is Shoulder Replacement Right for You?
- If You are Considering Shoulder Replacement You Need to Know about the Weak Link in This Procedure. Do You?
- A New Technology May Eliminate Your Shoulder Pain if You Have a Special Type of Shoulder Arthritis.
- Hemiarthroplasty: When Fixing a Broken Shoulder May NOT Be in Your Best Interest.
- Five Point You Probably Haven’t Considered About Your Shoulder Dislocation
- If You Need Surgery to Fix a Shoulder Dislocation, Overlooking One Key Issue May Lead to Failure.
- These Days You’d Think That You Could Fix All Unstable Shoulders with Arthroscopy. Not Always.
- The Secret to Treating Your Torn Labrum May Depend on Your Age.
- How to Address A SLAP Tear from Someone Who Treats Them…and Has One.
Bursitis and Impingement
- Ten Minutes a Day May Prevent Shoulder Surgery.
- Shoulder Impingement: Not Necessarily What it Sounds Like.
- People Are Obsessed With Bone Spurs and I’m Not Sure Why.
- When a Weak Shoulder May Be a Sign of Deeper Problems.
- When a Nerve Injury Might Be the Source of Your Shoulder Pain and Weakness
Non-Surgical Solutions to Shoulder Problems
- Ten Minutes A Day May Prevent Shoulder Surgery
- Why Many Frozen Shoulders Improve WITHOUT Surgery
- The Secret to Treating Your Shoulder Fracture
Surgery around the shoulder can be loosely grouped into 2 categories: arthroscopic (minimally invasive) and open.
Whether you need one of these 2 types depends on your particular problem. If you need surgery we will discuss which of these options is best for you.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Rotator Cuff Repair
- Instability Surgery- arthroscopic repair after dislocated or subluxating shoulder
- Release of Stiff Shoulder- Capsulectomy
- Repair of Torn Labrum: Anterior Shoulder Stabilization, Posterior Labrum Repair, SLAP Repair
- Treatment of Shoulder Arthritis, Removal of Loose Body
- Acromioplasty, Arthroscopic Debridement, Distal Clavicle Excision, Removal of Inflamed Bursa
- Arthroscopic Surgery for Arthritis, Tuberoplasty
- Biceps Tenotomy
- Capsule Plication for Multidirectional Instability
- Microfracture Surgery for Cartilage Defects
Open Shoulder Surgery
- Total Shoulder Replacement, Reverse Shoulder Replacement, Revision Shoulder Replacement
- Partial Shoulder Replacement- Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty
- AC Joint Reconstruction/ Repair
- Fracture Repair: Clavicle Fractures, Humerus Fractures,, Scapula Fractures
- Open Rotator Cuff Repair and Revision Rotator Cuff Repair, Open Rotator Cuff Repair with Soft Tissue Grafting
- Tendon Transfer for Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tear: Latissimus Dorsi Transfer and Pectoralis Transfer
- Surgery for Snapping Scapula, Scapula Thoracic Fusion, Surgery for Winging Scapula
- Instability Surgery- Repair of Dislocating Shoulder
- Surgery for Bone Loss
- Shoulder Fusion
- Biceps Tenodesis
- Pectoralis Major Repair
Frequently Asked Questions About Shoulder Surgery
Blog posts about Shoulder Problems & Treatments
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