Your shoulder performs complex movements that make it possible for you to rotate your arm to throw a ball or swing a golf club. If you experience chronic shoulder pain, you need the help of an experienced orthopedic surgeon like Dr. G. Jason Hunt at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Hunt offers a variety of shoulder surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, to alleviate pain and restore your range of motion. End your shoulder pain now by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.
You may be a good candidate for shoulder surgery if you have an injury or chronic medical condition that causes degeneration in your shoulder joint. These conditions may include:
Generally, Dr. Hunt evaluates your condition and recommends nonsurgical treatments first, including physical therapy and medications. If these therapies aren’t effective in relieving your pain or improving your shoulder functionality, he may suggest shoulder surgery.
Dr. Hunt is experienced in a variety of orthopedic surgical techniques for repairing a damaged shoulder joint.
Traditional open surgery is available for complex shoulder issues. However, in many cases Dr. Hunt may use minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery to repair, reconstruct, or replace your damaged shoulder joint.
During minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Hunt inserts a slender tube with an attached light and camera into a small incision near your shoulder. The camera gives Dr. Hunt an up-close look at the internal structures of your shoulder through an external monitor he views during the procedure.
Minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions, so you can expect to heal faster from this type of procedure than with open surgery. Minimally invasive techniques also reduce your risk for surgical complications, including pain, inflammation, and bleeding.
Immediately after surgery, you wait for the anesthesia to wear off and may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two for observation.
Once you’re ready to return home from the hospital, Dr. Hunt provides full aftercare instructions to help you care for your incision. He may also recommend starting small periods of exercise before offering a physical therapy referral.
Everyone recovers differently from shoulder surgery. Dr. Hunt can discuss what to expect based on your age and medical history. You may need to take several weeks off of work or request light duties while you continue to recover.
Find out if you’re a candidate for shoulder surgery by scheduling an evaluation online or calling OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation today.