Shoulder Surgery Specialist

SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery & Nutrition Located in Huntsville, Madison, Athens & Decatur, AL

Shoulder surgery might be necessary for severe joint damage or deterioration and could involve soft tissue repair or even total joint replacement. At SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center in Huntsville, Madison, Athens, and Decatur, Alabama, the board-certified physicians specialize in all forms of shoulder surgery, using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible. Call the office nearest you today or use the online form to book an appointment.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

Why would I need shoulder surgery?

You might need shoulder surgery if you damage your shoulder or have a degenerative problem in the joint that isn’t getting better with conservative treatments.

Your shoulders are the most flexible joints in your body, with an almost 360-degree range of motion that enables you to put your hands virtually anywhere you need. However, the shoulder joint’s mobility leaves it vulnerable as it lacks the stability of a less mobile joint.  

Shoulder conditions are often extremely painful and can have a significant impact on everyday activities, especially those that involve:

  • Reaching
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Lifting
  • Overhead movements

The team of shoulder specialists at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center understands the restrictions shoulder pain can cause in day-to-day life. 

If you’re an athlete with shoulder pain, your arthritis is causing a reduced range of motion, or you have a traumatic injury to your shoulder, SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center can help.

What conditions might require shoulder surgery?

Some of the most common shoulder conditions the team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Biceps tendinopathy
  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Overuse injuries
  • Proximal humerus fracture
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder instability
  • SLAP tears
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis

Your shoulder has a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff surrounding the shoulder joint. 

The rotator cuff’s job is to keep the head of your humerus (upper arm bone) firmly in your shoulder socket. Rotator cuff injuries are a common problem and frequently happen at the same time as shoulder dislocations.

Labral tears are also a common complication of dislocations. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that lines the glenoid (socket) of your shoulder and helps keep the ball at the end of your humerus in the socket.

What kinds of shoulder surgery are there?

There are numerous different kinds of shoulder surgery that you might require. For example, arthroscopic repair of labral tears and rotator cuff injuries, total shoulder joint replacement arthroplasty, or reverse total shoulder surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery involves using specialized instruments that fit through small incisions into your shoulder joint. Arthroscopy is preferable to open surgery as it causes less damage to the surrounding tissues, less pain, bleeding, and scarring, and enables faster healing.

Wherever possible, the surgeons at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center use arthroscopic techniques to carry out shoulder surgery. After surgery, you attend physical therapy to strengthen and achieve the full function of your shoulder again.

For more information about shoulder surgery, call today or schedule a consultation using the online booking facility.