Shoulder Replacement Surgery - Pittsburgh, PA

At Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates in Pittsburgh, PA, we often see clients who can no longer brush their teeth, dress, or sleep well at night due to a rotator cuff tear, severe fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or other shoulder orthopaedic injury. Sometimes shoulder replacement is necessary and can make all the difference to your quality of life

Shoulder issues can be disabling because it is such a mobile joint. Plus, your shoulder plays a critical role when it comes to moving your hand in order to perform recreational, occupational, and daily activities. This is why quick and effective treatment is a must. At GPOA, we have the best shoulder surgeons in Pittsburgh available to help you recover your life, your mobility, and your dignity. Our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs as an individual, and we’ll offer you every option available to help you make a full recovery.

If you have any sort of problem with your shoulder, it’s important to get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your pain becomes unbearable and you lose the ability to live your life freely and perform daily tasks. Schedule an appointment with one of the best shoulder doctors in Pittsburgh at GPOA today.

Minimally-Invasive Shoulder Replacement Surgery

There are many benefits associated with replacing the shoulder. For instance, it eases pain that does not respond to physical therapy, rest, ice, compression, or pharmaceuticals. Due to the abated pain, these procedures allow you to sleep better than you have in months and benefit from adequate rest.

Shoulder surgery may be used to treat anything from arthritic disorders to traumatic injuries, degenerative tendon disorders, and athletic injuries. These procedures also restore your autonomy, so you do not have to rely on someone else to help you dress, bathe, or brush your teeth. Shoulder replacement and surgery also work to restore you to your full range of motion, allowing you to have control of your movement and take back your quality of life.

You should never wait until your pain becomes unbearable or you begin to lose faculties before consulting a shoulder orthopaedic specialist. To find out if shoulder surgery or replacement may be necessary in your case, don’t hesitate to speak to one of our specialists at Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates. We would be more than happy to evaluate your shoulder and come up with a plan of action for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!

Physical Therapy for Chronic Shoulder Pain - Pittsburgh, PA

When you’ve been injured and require an operation, the treatment phase does not end once the surgery is complete. After all, you have just been through a surgical procedure, so you are not expected to automatically be back to normal. However, as orthopaedic surgeons, the team at Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates understands many patients’ eagerness to make a full recovery and get back to work as quickly as possible.

At GPOA, the shoulder surgeons in Pittsburgh, PA are committed to ensuring a quick and successful recovery process for all of our patients who require surgical intervention. Our surgeons always stay up-to-date with the latest techniques, and we can use a wide variety of state-of-the-art surgical approaches to make your road to recovery a fast one. Once you have undergone shoulder surgery, you will need some type of physical therapy. This can be extremely beneficial, irrespective of the operation you have had, as it could help to reduce any pain you are experiencing while also ensuring you return to normal functionality as quickly as possible.

Some patients delay this process due to fear of surgery or concern about recovery time and cost. However, you should never wait to have a consultation on a shoulder injury or chronic shoulder pain, as these injuries can progress into debilitating conditions over time. Don’t wait another moment to address your concerns -- schedule an appointment with a shoulder specialist at GPOA today.

Don’t let pain, discomfort or stiffness compromise your quality of life.

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Providers

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Locations:
Brackenridge
Shadyside
Michael Rytel, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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['Elbow', 'Knee', 'Sports Medicine', 'Shoulder Surgery']
['Brackenridge', 'Shadyside']
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Locations:
Cranberry Township
Moon Township
Sewickley
Jeffrey Mulholland, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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['Hip', 'Knee', 'Orthotist', 'Shoulder', 'Sports Medicine']
['Cranberry Township', 'Moon Township', 'Sewickley']
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Locations:
Cranberry Township
Moon Township
Sewickley
Oriente DiTano, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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['Cranberry Township', 'Moon Township', 'Sewickley']
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Locations:
Cranberry Township
Moon Township
Sewickley
Nicholas Kubik, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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['Hip', 'Knee', 'Shoulder', 'Sports Medicine']
['Cranberry Township', 'Moon Township', 'Sewickley']
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Locations:
Brackenridge
Cranberry Township
Shadyside
Raymond Drabicki, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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['Elbow', 'Hip', 'Knee', 'Orthopaedic Surgery', 'Shoulder Surgery', 'Sports Medicine']
['Brackenridge', 'Cranberry Township', 'Shadyside']
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Locations:
Sewickley
Moon Township
Brian Kelly, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
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['Hip', 'Knee', 'Orthopaedic Surgery', 'Shoulder', 'Sports Medicine', 'Medical Foods Supplier']
['Sewickley', 'Moon Township']

Frequently Asked Questions

Why might I need shoulder surgery?

Shoulder surgery is an optimal solution for a wide variety of shoulder injuries and conditions. The most common shoulder conditions we treat at GPOA using surgery include:

  • Torn rotator cuffs
  • Torn or damaged tendons in the biceps
  • Torn cartilage rings and ligaments
  • Arthritis of the collarbone
  • An unstable shoulder that becomes dislocated often
  • Bone spurs
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Inflammation or damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis
  • Excess or loose shoulder tissue

 Why might I need a shoulder replacement?

Shoulder replacement can be intense, but for some patients, it’s unequivocally the best solution for long-term pain relief and mobility restorations. Patients consider shoulder replacement to treat a variety of conditions, but the most common we see at GPOA include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthritis after a traumatic shoulder injury
  • Severe shoulder fracture
  • Osteonecrosis, or a breakdown of the shoulder joint
  • A severe fracture

What shoulder procedures are available at GPOA?

Some of the most common shoulder procedures we perform at GPOA include: 

  • Shoulder arthroscopy, performed to diagnose shoulder conditions and examine damage to bone and tissue.
  • Rotator cuff surgery, which repairs rotator cuff tears and other injuries.
  • Torn labrum surgery, which helps repair a torn or damaged shoulder socket.
  • Shoulder arthritis surgery, which treats arthritic inflammation in the shoulder.
  • Fracture repair, for broken bones in the shoulder.

How can I accelerate my recovery after shoulder surgery?

At GPOA, we strongly recommend that our patients perform restorative exercises as suggested by an AAOS shoulder conditioning program. This program involves a variety of techniques that you can perform under your shoulder orthopedic specialist’s supervision to help you restore the strength, flexibility, and full range of motion in your shoulder following your surgery. Your GPOA specialist can assist you and provide you with the materials you need to get started.