Shoulder and Elbow Surgical Procedures Performed at Marina del Rey Hospital
If medications and non-surgical treatment do not resolve the problem, surgical intervention will be necessary. Your doctor will conduct thorough diagnostic tests that are necessary to confirm and determine the extent of the shoulder pain and decide the need for surgery. Surgical techniques, either a keyhole surgery called arthroscopic surgery or open surgery that requires a larger incision are chosen.
Types of Surgery for Shoulder and Elbow Disorders
Fracture repair surgery: Fracture repair is done if the proximal humerus, glenoid, scapula, clavicle, humerus bones of the shoulder are broken. The surgical incision is made and the broken ends of the bone are realigned together and stabilized with the help of metallic plates, screws, wires, and rods.
Rotator cuff repair: This surgery is done to repair the torn rotator cuff in which the tendons get pulled away from the humerus bone. It is a minimally invasive technique to reattach the torn rotator cuff tendons back to the bone.
Labral repair: In this surgery, your surgeon will reattach the torn labrum cartilage with the help of stitches or entirely remove the torn part of the cartilage.
Arthroscopic capsular shift: This surgery is performed to tighten the shoulder joint. With the help of an arthroscope and other instruments the bottom and top part of the shoulder as well as the capsule is brought together and stitched.
Arthroscopic acromioplasty: In this surgery, a part of the acromion surface that is damaging the tendon is removed. This is usually done to rectify severe cases of impingement syndrome seen in elderly patients.
Arthroscopic capsular release: This is usually performed in patients with frozen shoulder. The tight capsule of the shoulder is released surgically with the help of an arthroscope. Scar tissues and adhesive substances restricting the shoulder’s movements will also be removed during the surgery.
Distal clavicle resection: In this surgical procedure, a small portion of bone at the end of the clavicle, which is close to the acromion is removed to create more space and reduce painful movements.
Bankart, capsular shift surgery: With the help of screws or anchors, the lesion of Bankart is resolved by getting together the labrum cartilage.
Acromioclavicular joint surgery: In this surgery, the acromioclavicular joints are stabilized with the help of screws or suture loops. At times, artificial ligaments are also used.
Tendon transfer surgery: The tendon attached to the bone is detached and reattached to a different bone or tendon.
Nerve decompression surgery: This surgery is usually done to resolve the compression of the ulnar nerve. An incision is made along the elbow to explore the ulnar nerve from the upper arm to the triceps muscles and forearm and it is decompressed. The connective tissues and skin are sutured back.
Shoulder replacement surgery: This surgery involves replacement of the ends of the damaged upper arm bone called humerus, shoulder bone called scapula with an artificial cap and ball structure made of plastic or metal.
Nonunion and malunion surgery: In conditions where nonunion or malunion of fracture occurs, open surgery is done to realign the fractured bones to its normal position and stabilized with the help of rods, plates, screws, or wires.
Drugs and other Treatment Needed for Shoulder and Elbow Disorders
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