As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder is very susceptible to instability and injury. If you’ve experienced shoulder pain from arthritis, a rotator cuff tear, a prior surgery, or injury, open shoulder surgery performed by Dignity Health may be a helpful treatment.
Damage to your shoulder joint can occur because of disease, overuse, injury, or aging. Chronic shoulder blade pain or rotator cuff pain may be signs of a serious problem. Be sure to discuss any discomfort you have with your doctor as early as possible. Our orthopedic experts may recommended open shoulder surgery if noninvasive treatments, such as medication, anti-inflammatory injections, or physical therapy, haven’t been successful.
You might be a candidate for open shoulder surgery if you have any of the following conditions:
- Shoulder separation
- Cartilage tears or injuries
- Recurrent shoulder dislocations
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Frozen shoulder
Understanding Your Open Shoulder Surgery & Recovery
Your open shoulder surgery will be performed at a Dignity Health hospital by one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in your shoulder, in order to access your joint bones, tendons, and muscles. Once your shoulder has been repaired, you may need to spend a few days in the hospital.
After your surgery, you’ll wear an arm sling for stability. Depending on your overall health and the extent of your shoulder repair, you may need to wear it for several weeks while your shoulder is healing. You’ll also work with one of our physical therapists as part of your rehabilitation. Your recovery may last from a few weeks to several months.
Once you’ve completely healed from surgery, you’ll likely be able to return to normal activities and sports with less discomfort and more range of motion. Ask your doctor if you’re healthy enough to return to physical activities that could be a strain on your shoulder.
Dignity Health provides orthopedic services like open shoulder surgery to patients in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.
Take the Next Step
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at (916) 851-2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.