Shoulder surgery—also known as shoulder repair—replaces or repairs a shoulder joint that’s damaged due to age, disease, injury or overuse. At Riverview Health, our orthopedic surgeons provide shoulder surgeries as a way to treat shoulder pain caused by the following conditions:
If you suffer from a painful shoulder problem, talk to one of our doctors about the types of shoulder surgeries available, including joint replacement, rotator cuff repair and arthroscopy. Surgery could be the best option if more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, haven’t been effective.
Shoulder surgery can be as simple as a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure or a mini-open procedure, or as extensive as an open surgery. Mini-open and arthroscopic procedures use smaller incisions, often resulting in less pain and a shorter recovery time.
The length of your hospital stay depends on the type of surgery. During your recovery process, you may need to wear a sling for a few days or up to a few weeks. Physical therapy or rehabilitation is important to regain joint movement and function, as well as avoid joint stiffness. Full recovery can range from just a few weeks to several months, and you’ll likely enjoy full shoulder function, strength and stability.
Most people return to their usual sports and activities after surgery, although it’s important to note that shoulder surgery does not help prevent future problems. Protect your shoulder by remembering to:
Put a stop to pain caused by shoulder damage. Request an appointment with our orthopedic team today by calling 317.565.0505 or by completing an appointment request form.