Pittsburgh's Top Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeons
If you have any sort of problem with your shoulder, it’s important to get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Shoulder surgery may be used to treat anything from arthritic disorders to traumatic injuries, degenerative tendon disorders, and athletic injuries.
The Importance of Treating Shoulder Problems
Shoulder issues can be disabling because it is such a mobile joint. Plus, it 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.
Once you have undergone orthopaedic 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.
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. Yet you could ensure a quick and successful recovery process with our team, who can use a wide variety of approaches to make your road to recovery a fast one.
To find out if orthopaedic shoulder surgery may be necessary in your case, consult a specialist at GPOA. 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!
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.