Shoulder Surgery and Treatment
Shoulder recovery starts here.
The shoulder joint, also called the Glenohumeral joint, is the most mobile of all joints in the body. A ball-and-socket joint, there are numerous components within the shoulder that allow for mobility. Because it is the most mobile joint, it is also the most unstable joint in the body. This makes it easy to injure.
Shoulder injuries can be painful, limit movement and restrict your ability to perform simple, daily tasks. If you have a shoulder injury or are experiencing shoulder joint pain, you should see an orthopedic specialist right away.
Regain strength and recover sooner.
Our team of expert physicians and care providers will work with you to create an individual treatment plan that's tailored to your needs. From treatment to surgery to physical therapy, we're with you throughout the entire recovery process.
Experience the outpatient advantage.
Our outpatient orthopedic surgery centers ensure comfort, among other benefits, including:
- Reduced hospital time
- Reduced chance of secondary infection
- Closer relationship between patient and surgeon
- Faster time getting home
Recover at home.
Undergoing surgery and treatment in our outpatient centers means that you are able to spend most of your recovery at home. Our staff is in contact throughout the entire process to ensure that your recovery is going smoothly. In addition, our minimally invasive treatments mean that you'll experience less pain and quicker recovery from shoulder treatment and surgery.
"I want to thank Dr. Alexander and his staff for performing two separate operations on me. I am mid 50's and in 2014 had a total shoulder replacement. The pain is gone and I have 90% range of motion back. In early 2015 I had a knee revision which includes taking a failing knee implant out and replacing with a new total knee. I have had great success with the new knee and credit it to the system they have in place at the beautiful new state of the art facility on 9th street in St.Pete… Highly recommend this group of professionals."
- Cliff Keim
Common Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries can either be traumatic, caused by a singular incident, or degenerative, happening from wear-and-tear over time.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Rotator cuff tears are common, and occur when the rotator cuff tendons are no longer attached to the upper arm bone. Tears can be caused by a sudden injury or by the tendon wearing down over time.
A shoulder separation occurs when the acromioclavicular (AC) joint is damaged, typically caused by falling directly onto the shoulder. The AC joint is where the clavicle meets the highest part of the shoulder blade.
In shoulder arthritis, the ball and socket of the shoulder wear out and you develop pain in the back of the shoulder area, along with catching or grinding upon movement.
Shoulder Labral Tear
A labral tear in the shoulder can either be caused by an injury or due to degeneration in the shoulder. The cause and nature of the tear factor into the pain presented, as well as the treatment.
A dislocated shoulder occurs when the upper arm bone (humerus) is forced from the shoulder blade (glenoid fossa) socket. After having your dislocated shoulder reduced in a hospital, the shoulder needs definitive orthopedic treatment to ensure that it doesn't dislocate again or become unstable.
Alexander Orthopaedic Associates is the only orthopedic practice in the Tampa Bay area that specializes in outpatient joint replacement surgery.
Common Shoulder Surgeries and Procedures
Most shoulder injuries are typically treated with conservative treatments first, including anti-inflammatory medication, activity modification, physical therapy and cortisone shots. However, if the shoulder does not respond to those treatments or in traumatic injuries, we will use surgical shoulder treatment.
Who will be performing my shoulder surgery and treatment?
Our team includes expert surgeons that specialize in innovative surgical techniques for the shoulder and have received extensive training in techniques for shoulder arthroscopy and shoulder replacement. They are members of the following prestigious associations:
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
- Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
- American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
- Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS)
This procedure has become the mainstay of shoulder surgery outside of shoulder replacement surgeries. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that involves small incisions and the use of a camera to view and treat injuries.
Technological advances and surgical procedures pioneered by our surgeons have greatly expanded the types of shoulder surgeries that can now be done arthroscopically.
Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacement surgery spares much of the surrounding muscle from additional trauma. A new shoulder joint is made by placing a metal ball with a stem onto the shoulder. The humerus is then reattached to the new ball joint. This technique allows for better mobility and function upon recovery.
We perform Total Shoulder Replacement as an outpatient procedure, letting our patients return home soon after surgery.
Bankhart Lesion Repair
Bankhart Lesion Repair is a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure that is used to treat a dislocated shoulder. Like most shoulder surgeries, we recommend having progressive physical therapy for a few weeks afterwards.
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
This minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedure restores a patient's rotator cuff. The term "rotator cuff" describes a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint.
A tear in the rotator cuff, even a full tear that separates the tendon from the shoulder bone, can be repaired arthroscopically, without any large incisions.
We recommend physical therapy for our patients to build strength and recover full motion of the shoulder.
As its name suggests, this surgery is used to correct an unstable shoulder joint. A number of different injuries or conditions can result in an unstable shoulder joint.
Procedures to address instability issues in the shoulder joint are done arthroscopically. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure and requires roughly eight to twelve weeks of postoperative physical therapy.
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You deserve the best care.
You don't have to live in discomfort and pain. Instead, start your recovery with Alexander Orthopaedics. One of our team members will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your personalized shoulder treatment plan.