In addition to shoulder replacement surgery and rotator cuff surgery, orthopedic shoulder surgeons at HonorHealth use other types of shoulder surgery to diagnose and treat shoulder pain, weakness, stiffness and instability. Your surgeon will work with your primary care physician and other healthcare providers to determine the best treatment for you.
Some of the procedures that your surgeon may consider for your shoulder injury or condition include:
- Diagnostic arthroscopic shoulder surgery that involves making small incisions around the shoulder joint and inserting a miniature video camera to assess the exact location and severity of damage to the shoulder joint.
- Bankart/labral repair that uses sutures (stitches) and anchors to reattach the ring of fibrocartilage (labrum) and ligaments to the socket in the shoulder blade (glenoid).
- Capsular shift of the shoulder to tighten ligaments that have been stretched.
- SLAP (superior labrum anterior to posterior) repair that uses sutures and anchors to reattach the upper part of the labrum and biceps tendon attachment.
- Debridement that uses a surgical shaver blade to remove frayed tissue around the shoulder.
- Loose body removal that uses surgical instruments such as a grasper or shaver to gather and remove pieces of torn or loose tissue floating around the shoulder joint, causing irritation, pain, swelling and locking.
- Lysis of adhesions/manipulation under anesthesia that frees up and releases thickened capsule and scar tissue around the shoulder to treat stiffness and frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis).