At Dignity Health, orthopedic surgeons perform open shoulder surgery to repair joint damage and ease chronic shoulder pain and discomfort. Open shoulder surgery may be a treatment option for shoulder problems caused by aging, overuse, injury, or disease.
Dignity Health offers open shoulder surgery in Arizona, including joint replacement, fracture repair, and rotator cuff repair. If your health care provider has recommended surgery to restore pain-free range of motion to your shoulder, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health today.
Conditions Treated With Open Shoulder Surgery
To treat shoulder injuries and chronic conditions, doctors at Dignity Health focus on reducing symptoms and restoring flexibility using noninvasive methods first, including physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications (s)uch as joint injections. If these are not successful, open shoulder surgery may be helpful if you have:
Open surgery, while more invasive, is often very helpful in treating more severe injuries and joint problems. Surgeons at Dignity Health use the latest medical technology and equipment to perform these procedures.
Your Open Surgery Procedure & Recovery
Because open shoulder surgery requires larger incisions than arthroscopy, you’ll probably have to stay in the hospital at least overnight after your procedure. At Dignity Health, our surgical teams are highly trained and experienced, which results in better patient outcomes. After surgery, many people are able to improve their quality of life, with less pain and more freedom to do the things they love.
Recovery time after open shoulder surgery depends on your age, overall health, and the extent of your injury or joint condition. Generally, recovery may take several weeks or months, during which time you will need to wear a sling and have physical therapy. This will help you shoulder heal properly and prevent stiffness.
You can prevent future problems with your shoulders by following these tips:
- When lifting heavy objects, use proper body mechanics (lift with your legs and keep your back straight).
- Carry heavy objects close to your body.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions/restrictions on contact sports.
- Practice good posture.
- Exercise and strengthen your shoulder muscles.
Visit a Dignity Health location near you for quality care, delivered with humankindness.
Dignity Health provides quality, personal care for people of all ages with shoulder problems, offering the latest procedures for open shoulder surgery in Arizona.