Shoulder Surgery

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc. -  - Orthopedics

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc.

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Coachella Valley, Rancho Mirage, CA

If you have pain or difficulty moving your shoulder, you may have a serious condition that could become much worse if left untreated. David Duffner, MD, and his team at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc. have extensive experience performing shoulder surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility for all types of shoulder injuries. If you live near Rancho Mirage, California, in Coachella Valley and are looking for a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

Which shoulder injuries require surgery?

Your shoulder is a complex joint that allows your arm to have an incredible range of motion. Because you use your arm regularly in your daily life and when exercising, your shoulder absorbs stress and pressure on a near-constant basis. Therefore, shoulder injuries are extremely common and can be very debilitating.

Shoulder injuries sometimes respond to more conservative treatments, such as rehabilitation or regenerative medicine. Where conservative therapy isn’t successful and your injury is interfering with your ability to perform normal activities and causing you pain, it’s time to consider shoulder surgery.

Common shoulder injuries that can be treated with surgery include:

  • Dislocation and instability
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Joint separation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder

The doctors at Restore Orthopedics also treat many shoulder fractures.

What types of shoulder surgery are available?

Dr. Duffner is an expert surgeon with extensive training and experience performing both arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery.

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, in which Dr. Duffner uses slender surgical tools that require much smaller incisions than traditional surgery. Some conditions that can be resolved with arthroscopic shoulder surgery include:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder joint arthritis
  • Biceps tendinitis and tears

Because it is less invasive, arthroscopic surgery has less bleeding, is less painful, and offers a faster recovery than open shoulder surgery.

Open shoulder surgery

More serious shoulder injuries may require traditional, or open surgery. This is a major procedure performed in a surgical environment.

Some examples of open shoulder surgery include:

  • Total shoulder arthroplasty (total joint replacement)
  • Partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty)
  • Muscle transfers for irreparable rotator cuff tear

Open surgery is sometimes necessary to correct severe cases of shoulder joint instability.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for shoulder surgery?

If you have a shoulder injury that hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatment, or you think you have a condition that requires surgery, a consultation with Dr. Duffner can help determine if surgery is the best option and which type of surgery is right for you.

During your consultation, Dr. Duffner will perform a physical exam and take a detailed health history. He’ll also discuss your symptoms with you and address any concerns or questions you may have. You’ll probably need to have some X-rays, and you may need to have additional tests, such as an MRI, to determine the best way to treat your shoulder pain.

To find out more about how surgery can offer pain relief and restore function in your shoulder, call the office at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc. or schedule your appointment with Dr. Duffner online.