Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery Overview

Shoulder surgery treats a variety of shoulder injuries and conditions that nonsurgical treatment options cannot treat. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) shoulder specialists perform all types of shoulder surgeries. If you experience shoulder pain and other unpleasant symptoms and would like to find out if shoulder surgery is something that can help you, please make an appointment with a CONA specialist.

How is shoulder surgery performed?

There are three types of shoulder surgeries:

  1. Minimally invasive shoulder surgery
  2. Mini-open surgery
  3. Traditional shoulder surgery

A CONA specialist restores normal shoulder anatomy and function during surgery. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Total shoulder replacement surgery and surgery to fix a severe fracture may require a 1-3 night hospital stay.

What conditions can shoulder surgery treat?

Minimally invasive shoulder surgery treats most shoulder conditions and injuries, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Chronic shoulder dislocation
  • Cartilage tears
  • Labrum tears
  • Ligament tears
  • Rotator cuff tears

Mini-open and traditional surgery may be recommended to treat:

  • Massive rotator cuff tears
  • Partial and total shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder fractures

What are shoulder surgery advantages?

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint and is involved in nearly all upper body movements. Unresolved shoulder pain can be difficult to live with and decrease the quality of life. Shoulder surgery gives patients a treatment option that restores range of motion, reduces pain and dramatically improves the quality of life.

What is shoulder surgery recovery like?

Recovery is different for each shoulder surgery. Minimally invasive surgery recovery is generally quicker than mini-open and tradition surgeries. CONA shoulder specialists discuss every recovery step with patients during consultations.

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