To effectively treat your painful shoulder condition, your doctor may suggest open shoulder surgery. This type of orthopedic surgery can help repair damage from disease, injury, overuse, and age.
At Dignity Health Central California, our recognized orthopedic surgeons use open shoulder surgery for rotator cuff repair, joint replacement, and healing from a fracture. Find a Doctor today for more information about open shoulder surgery in Central California.
Offering Open Rotator Cuff Surgery & More at Dignity Health Central California
If you’ve tried other treatment options for your shoulder pain but have not found relief, shoulder surgery may be the next step. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the benefits of open shoulder surgery versus arthroscopic surgery for your particular condition and well-being.
Orthopedic conditions that can benefit from open shoulder surgery include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder separation or frequent dislocations
- Frozen shoulder
- Cartilage conditions
- Collarbone or upper arm bone fracture
Based on your specific conditions and the best care for you, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend open shoulder surgery rather than minimally invasive. Your doctor’s goal is to fix your shoulder so you can enjoy activities and heal your mind, body, and spirit.
What to Expect During Open Shoulder Recovery
Open shoulder surgery scars are usually a few inches in length. They are longer than those from arthroscopy or other minimally invasive surgeries. Following a short hospital stay, you will begin to feel better gradually. An arm sling will limit movement as you heal.
As is common with most orthopedic surgeries, physical therapy will be an important part of your recovery. Your health care providers will focus on helping you get back strength, movement, and function in your shoulder.
As you enjoy life without shoulder pain, remember to properly lift heavy objects and carry them close to your body. Good posture and keeping your arm muscles strong also play an important role in preventing future shoulder problems.
For personalized care, contact Dignity Health Central California to talk to an expert about open shoulder surgery.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors perform open shoulder surgery in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.