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Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement is an effective arthroscopic surgical treatment for those experiencing shoulder pain as a result of arthritic conditions, bone damage or joint dysfunction. Total Shoulder Replacement is offered when damage to the shoulder has affected more than one compartment of the shoulder. This procedure uses one or more small incisions and small endoscopic cameras to allow surgeons to view damage to the area around the shoulder in high definition.

To begin this procedure, the surgeon will make one or more small incisions around the shoulder area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the shoulder in greater detail.

Next, the damaged portions of cartilage between the humerus and clavicle are completely removed as well as a small piece of bone. The space created by the removal of cartilage and bone is then replaced by a custom metal implant that is designed the keep the shoulder mobile and flexible.

Next, a small plastic button is placed at between the humerus and clavicle as well as a small metal implant. These components create a smooth surface for the shoulder joints to glide on and resemble the natural anatomical elements of the shoulder. The incision is then closed with small sutures.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator Cuff Repair is surgical procedure used to alleviate pain caused by a torn rotator cuff in the shoulder. This procedure uses one or more small incisions and small endoscopic cameras to allow surgeons to view damage to the area around the shoulder in high definition.

To begin this procedure, the surgeon will make one or more small incisions around the shoulder area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the shoulder in greater detail.

Once the shoulder has been examined, the surgeon may use bone anchors or semi-permanent stitches to repair the damaged cartilage, joint capsule or ligaments back down to the socket of the shoulder. Once these portions have been securely reconnected the incisions are closed with small stitch or sterile strips.

Shoulder Debridement

Shoulder Arthroscopy is one of the more common procedures for shoulder conditions. This procedure uses one or more small incisions and small endoscopic cameras to allow surgeons to view damage to the shoulder joints, bones or cartilage in high definition. Once the camera has been inserted, the surgeon uses microsurgical tools to remove damaged tissue or debris that is causing shoulder pain.

To begin this procedure, the surgeon will make one or more small incision around the damaged area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the area in greater detail.

Once the surgeon has visualized and evaluated the area, the surgeon may decide tissue or ligaments need to be trimmed or partially removed. Small surgical instruments are inserted to remove the painful tissue or ligaments. The incisions are closed with small stitch or sterile strips.

Labral Repair

Labral Repair of the Shoulder is an effective surgical procedure used to treat shoulder pain associated with a torn labrum. The goal of this procedure is to repair the tendon that has become damaged or torn and is causing symptoms.

To begin this procedure, the surgeon will make one or more small incisions on the shoulder where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the area in greater detail.

If the damage to the is confined solely to the rim itself and does not involve the tendon, the surgeon will remove the torn areas of the rim and remove any excess tissue or debris.

If the tear extends into the biceps tendon or if the tendon has become detached, the surgeon will need to repair and reattach the tendon. For this, small surgical tools are inserted and the tendon is reconstructed with specialized sutures. These sutures allow the tendon to heal and once again become strong. The newly reconstructed tendon is then sewn back to its original position on the bone to allow for stability and flexibility. The incisions are closed with small stitch or steri-strips.

Bankart Repair

Bankart Repair is an arthroscopic procedure used to treat those with chronic shoulder instability by repairing the cartilage around the glenoid (shoulder socket).

To begin this procedure, the surgeon will make one or more small incisions around the shoulder area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the shoulder in greater detail.

Using the pre-made incisions, the cartilage around the glenoid is repaired using small sutures and anchors. The repair of this cartilage allows the humerus to rotate inside the socket improved stability and a reduction in pain.

The incisions are closed with small stitch or steri-strips.

AC Joint Repair

The Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) is one of the three shoulder joints that connect the collarbone and scapula. If this joint is injured, the result can be pain, weakness or instability in the shoulder.

To begin this procedure, the surgeon will make one or more small incisions around the shoulder area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the shoulder in greater detail.

Once the joint has been identified, the ligaments around the joint are stabilized by using a tendon graft and small screws or anchors to hold the ligament in its proper anatomical position.

Once the joint and ligament are stabilized, the incision is then closed with small sutures.