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Shoulder Surgery Austin
Did you know that the shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body? Classified as a ball-and-socket joint, shoulder stability relies mainly on soft-tissue restraints, which are made up of the rotator cuff, the glenoid labrum, and the capsule. Fluid-filled sacs called bursa surround the shoulder joint, providing cushioning that keeps the tendons from coming into direct contact with the bone. Each part affects the whole, so it is important for every aspect of the shoulder to operate smoothly to ensure full range of motion.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin strives to recommend the most minimally invasive treatment for every orthopedic condition. For shoulder surgery and other treatments in Austin, you can trust OSA specialist Dr. Edward Seade to do exactly that.
Common Forms of Shoulder Surgery
Our fellowship-trained, board-certified shoulder surgeon, Dr. Edward Seade, M.D., performs arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, as well as adult reconstructive surgery of the shoulder. In fact, he is one of a select group of surgeons who is able to perform arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. The specialist may also provide treatment through medication, injections, and physical therapy. Here is an overview of the forms of shoulder surgery available to our Austin patients:
Arthroscopy is employed during both diagnosis and treatment. Our surgeon will insert a narrow tube with a camera through a minute incision to “see” inside your joint. The view will appear on a video monitor. This technique may also allow Dr. Seade to repair joint damage by removing any loose or undesirable tissue, without the need for a large incision, and enabling a quick recovery.
- Bankhart Procedure refers to an operation that restores shoulder stability. The purpose is to tighten ligaments and repair torn capsular detachments, which are frequent injuries among those who suffer from recurrent dislocations and subluxations, such as athletes. Patients may return to contact sports, because the muscles and tendons can be successfully repositioned with minimal risk.
- Rotator Cuff Repair is a procedure done to repair the tear, relieving pain and improving the function of muscles and tendons that move the joint. The surgery is commonly performed on older patients, who experience pain and weakness in the deltoid region as a result of normal use over time. Dr. Seade frequently performs this surgery with an arthroscope.
- Shoulder Replacement may take away the painful arthritic cartilage and replace it with smooth metal and plastic components. Discomfort is relieved in the new joint, as the prosthesis glides easily and lacks pain fibers.
Common Shoulder Surgery Conditions
Every shoulder treatment, including shoulder surgery, at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin begins with a diagnosis, which is crucial in determining your ideal course of action. Below are typical orthopedic conditions that Dr. Seade treats:
Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Dislocation or Fractured Collar Bone: This involves tearing of one or more ligaments that surround the joint where the clavicle and acromion process meet. It is common with contact sports, bicycling, and car accidents.
- Bursitis: Characterized by inflammation of the fluid-filled pads, or bursae, that cushion your bones, tendons, and muscles from the join. This may be a recurring condition.
- Frozen Shoulder: Adhesive Capsulitis is also known as frozen shoulder, due to the pain, loss of motion, and stiffness experienced in the shoulder.
- Impingement: This is associated with chronic inflammation, or “pinching” of the rotator cuff muscles and bursa in the shoulder.
- Instability: Dislocation or sublaxation occurs when the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket, or when the shoulder joint extends beyond its normal range of motion. The doctor will need to reinsert the arm bone into the socket.
- Rotator Cuff Tears: The muscles and tendons in your shoulder connect the blade to the upper arm bone. A tear may be of partial or full thickness.
- Shoulder Arthritis: Progressive pain in the shoulder may be a sign of one of three types of arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, or posttraumatic.
- SLAP Tears of the Bicep Tendon: SLAP tears occur when the biceps tendon that attaches to the joint above the socket begins to detach from the bone.
- Winging Scapula: Arthritis scapular dyskensis occurs from a muscle imbalance of nerve injury of the shoulder area, resulting in a winging scapula. This in turn causes the rotator cuff muscles to become irritated through the altered use.
Learn More about Shoulder Surgery
If you would like to learn more about shoulder surgery or other treatments, contact Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin. Our trusted specialist, Dr. Seade, can help diagnose and treat your condition so that you can enjoy increased comfort and a dramatically improved range of movement!