Shoulder pain is one of the most commonly diagnosed and treated orthopedic conditions. Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia, double board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, completed a fellowship specifically in shoulder surgery, making him uniquely qualified to treat your shoulder pain.

Shoulder pain may be temporary or continue over a long period of time. The shoulder itself is made up of a combination of joints, tendons, and muscles. There are three bones in the shoulder: the humerus, the scapula, and the clavicle. The shoulder socket is called the glenoid. It is here that the top part of the arm bone connects to the body. A number of tendons and muscles come together around the socket to allow movement and keep the shoulder bones in place. The most common causes of pain in the shoulder include inflammation, instability, trauma, and arthritis.

To learn more about shoulder pain or to schedule a consultation with Sonu Ahluwalia, MD, call our office today at 310.430.1310.

Common Types of Shoulder Surgery

how to treat shoulder painRotator Cuff Repair Surgery is an arthroscopic, or minimally invasive, procedure. It is done to help restore the function and flexibility of the shoulder while relieving the accompanying pain. This rotator cuff is made up of a network of four muscles and tendons that come together around the head of the humerus, or upper arm bone. Most rotator cuff injuries are a result of chronic wear and tear or repetitive stress, rather than one specific incident.

Capsular Release is an arthroscopic procedure that is commonly used to alleviate a frozen shoulder. A frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joint as stiff bands of tissue develop in the shoulder capsule. Surgical treatment involves cutting through the stiffened tissue in order to release the shoulder and restore range of motion.

Labral Repair uses arthroscopic techniques to repair tears to the labrum. The labrum is a rim of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket and helps stabilize it. Surgery is done on the labrum to repair the torn areas and correct any problems using anchors and/or sutures.

Total Shoulder Replacement helps restore comfort and function to shoulders that have suffered long-term wear and tear due to degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Over 50,000 total shoulder replacements are performed each year. The procedure involves removing the damaged parts of the shoulder and replacing them with artificial prosthetic components.

Shoulder Hemiarthoplasty is similar to a total shoulder replacement except that it is used to replace a shoulder joint in which the damage is isolated to one part of the joint or the socket is too worn to replace or there is rotator cuff disease along with the arthritis. In this case, the ball part of the joint is removed while the socket part is left intact.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement is a surgical procedure used to replace the entire shoulder joint. However, in a reverse total shoulder replacement, the anatomy of the shoulder is reversed by switching the socket and ball. The prosthetic ball is implanted to the socket and a plastic cup is fixed to the upper end of the humerus(arm bone). This allows the patient to lift his or her arm using the deltoid muscle rather than the damaged portion of the shoulder.

Shoulder Fracture Surgery, or broken shoulder surgery, is an open surgery that is often done through a small incision measuring just a few inches in the front of the shoulder. These incisions give the surgeon access to the underlying shoulder structure. Once here, the surgeon is able to assess the condition of the shoulder and reassemble the fractured shoulder bone pieces and fix them with a plate and screws.

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