The shoulder is one of the most movable and useful joints in the body. Thus, shoulder injuries can result in discomfort, decreased mobility, and loss of significant function.
Treatments for shoulder conditions include medications, physical therapy, and sufficient rest. However, surgery may be essential for more serious conditions. Here are different types of shoulder surgeries and why you may need them.
Shoulder arthroscopy can be both a diagnostic test and a treatment procedure. This minimally invasive procedure entails your doctor making a small incision on your shoulder. An arthroscope connected to a monitor in the operating room is then inserted through the incision. This gives your doctor access to inspect and repair your joint without opening up the entire shoulder because they can see the inside of it in real-time.
To repair tears or remove damaged tissues, your surgeon may make more incisions to insert specialized instruments. The following are some conditions a shoulder arthroscopy can address:
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Impingement syndrome
- Shoulder instability
Let’s discuss some shoulder arthroscopy procedures.
If you experience unease or frequent dislocations in your shoulder, you may have shoulder instability. One common cause is a Bankart lesion, a tear in the rim of the shoulder socket (anterior glenoid labrum).
During a Bankart repair, your surgeon tightens and reattaches torn ligaments with minimal bone loss. This procedure is also useful in preventing the recurrence of anterior shoulder dislocations.
SLAP Lesion Repair
A SLAP tear refers to damage on the top (superior) part of the labrum. Its symptoms include:
- Popping sounds
- Shoulder pain
- Reduced arm mobility
SLAP tears are usually caused by accidents, injuries, and dislocations. To reattach the torn tissues, your surgeon can perform an arthroscopic SLAP lesion repair. Like a Bankart repair, this procedure can restore shoulder stability.
Rotator Cuff Surgery
A torn rotator cuff is one of the most common shoulder injuries. Shoulder overuse and trauma may result in this condition. Luckily, partial tears do not need surgery. However, more serious cases may need rotator cuff surgery to ease pain and restore joint function.
During rotator cuff surgery, your surgeon will reattach your torn tendons to the upper arm bone. For severe tears, your surgeon can use a nearby tendon as a replacement.
If your shoulder has severe arthritis or a critical fracture, you may need a total shoulder replacement. This procedure involves replacing the ball and socket of the joint with artificial parts. This procedure can last for three hours, including the waiting time for anesthesia to take effect. Shoulder replacement can reduce pain and improve range of motion and functionality.
You may also undergo a reverse total shoulder replacement. In this procedure, the surgeon attaches the artificial ball and socket opposite their natural placements. Your doctor may recommend this type of surgery to avoid engaging the damaged rotator cuff. You will instead rely on your deltoid muscle for movement.
Shoulder Surgery in North Dakota
Are conservative methods not helping your shoulder pain? It may be time to consult a doctor about surgery. The providers at The Bone & Joint Center can create a personalized treatment plan for you. We address shoulder pain and other orthopedic conditions using state-of-the-art conservative treatments and surgical procedures. Rest assured that you will only receive high-quality, patient-centered care from our providers.
For your convenience, you can book your appointment at any of our locations across North Dakota. If you have any inquiries or concerns, please call us at (701) 946-7500. Our skilled and experienced providers and friendly staff are eager to serve you!