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Comprehensive Shoulder Care

Shoulder pain can be managed in a variety of ways, and there are numerous procedures that can be performed.
Treatment can vary, and your surgeon will take you through the different methods of managing your particular condition

Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which a camera called an arthroscope, is inserted into the shoulder joint. The benefits of arthroscopy are smaller incisions, faster healing, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.

Upon completion of your surgery, your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medications and apply dressings to cover the surgical site. It’s normal to experience swelling in the shoulder after the procedure. Applying ice to the shoulder for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day, can effectively reduce swelling. Your return to normal activities will be guided by your surgeon’s instructions, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to monitor your progress.

Upon completion of your surgery, your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medications and apply dressings to cover the surgical site. It’s normal to experience swelling in the shoulder after the procedure. Applying ice to the shoulder for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day, can effectively reduce swelling. Your return to normal activities will be guided by your surgeon’s instructions, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to monitor your progress.

Arthroscopy can be recommended for varying shoulder problems, and will be guided by your surgeon. It can be used for:

  • Evaluation and treatment of instability
  • A torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or biceps tendon
  • A torn rotator cuff
  • Stiffness of the shoulder
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Arthritis of the end of the clavicle
  • Treatment of frozen shoulder
  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Debridement / drainage of shoulder joint infection

Shoulder Instability Surgery

In an unstable shoulder joint, the ligaments of the shoulder become loose or unstable as a result of injury or trauma causing dislocation. In some people, the shoulder structure is naturally loose, causing multiple dislocations of the shoulder. As it becomes loose, the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) has a tendency to slip out of the socket, causing either partial or full dislocation. The supporting structures in the shoulder (ligaments, tendons and cartilage) can become damaged, and contribute to instability. Your surgeon will make a diagnosis through imaging, examination and various testing of the shoulder, and you may subsequently require surgical treatment. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the different kinds of surgery with you, including a Bankart repair and Capsular shift.
Common issues treated by shoulder instability surgery include:
  • Traumatic Dislocations: Caused by a fall or injury, leading to instability.
  • Bankart Lesion: A tear in the labrum, the shoulder socket’s cartilage.
  • Hill-Sachs Lesion: A defect in the humeral head due to repeated dislocations.
  • Multidirectional Instability: Shoulder dislocation in multiple directions, often due to ligament laxity.
  • SLAP Tears: Damage to the top part of the labrum.
  • Capsular Laxity: Weakened or stretched shoulder ligaments contributing to instability.

Shoulder Joint Replacement Surgery

Our surgeons might recommend partial or total shoulder joint replacement due to factors like osteoarthritis, severe fractures, or unresponsive conservative treatments. Patients with shoulder arthritis may undergo hemiarthroplasty (replacement of the humeral head) or total replacement of both the ball and socket. Other options include resurfacing hemiarthroplasty and reverse total shoulder replacement. The decision depends on factors like shoulder anatomy, injury severity, body type, and previous surgeries. In your appointment, you’ll discuss the appropriateness of shoulder surgery, risks, benefits, implant type, and your surgery expectations.

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery

Rotator cuff tears are extremely common in middle and older age, and is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It may occur with dislocation, repetitive overhead activity, in workplace or recreational activities, or with general wear and tear. It commonly causes severe pain, weakness in the affected arm, and pain with certain positions of the arm. There may be pain, tenderness and swelling of the shoulder.
The rotator cuff tendons are repaired using suture anchors to bone to hold the tendons in the correct position. Following the surgery you will be referred to a physiotherapist for range of motion and strengthening exercises.

OUR

Experienced Surgeons

Our surgeons at Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group are highly skilled professionals dedicated to providing exceptional care with a focus on enhancing the mobility and quality of life for their patients. Specialising in advanced orthopedic procedures, our surgeons possess extensive expertise in areas such as shoulder arthroscopy surgery, shoulder instability surgery, shoulder joint replacement, and rotator cuff tear surgery.

A/Prof Daevyd Rodda

Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS DIP.SURG ANAT, FRACS FAORTHA

Dr Shane Blackmore

Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS FRACS FAORTHA

Dr Joe Coory

Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS FRACS FAORTHA

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