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Shoulder Surgery

The shoulder is an incredibly complex joint. Even an injury that appears minor can cause severe pain and limit your range of motion.

At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, we offer minimally invasive shoulder surgery to relieve pain and restore proper movement.

So why should you choose our team for shoulder surgery?

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State-of-the-Art Care for Injured Shoulders

Extensively Trained Team 

Dr. Edward Seade is a fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeon who specializes in caring for shoulders. He is also one of the few surgeons nationwide who can perform arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. 

Minimally Invasive Techniques 

In most cases, Dr. Seade can perform arthroscopic shoulder surgery. This type of surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional, open surgical approaches. Arthroscopic surgery allows the patient to experience less discomfort and an easier recovery. 

Individualized Treatment

We can treat a wide range of conditions including separated shoulders, rotator cuff tears, SLAP tears, and more. In addition to shoulder surgery, we may also provide medication, injections, and physical therapy to help restore your physical health. 

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You Are Not Alone 

*According to research published in the journal Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, shoulder pain affects many people throughout their lifetime.

Alleviating Pain and Restoring Movement

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.

"I am grateful for your knowledge; surgical skills, experience & expertise; kindness, compassion & patience; & the culture of excellent throughout your office & practice."

Common Forms of Shoulder Surgery

A woman facing away from the cameraOur 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:

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.
Bankart 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:

Separated Shoulder or Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injury:
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.
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.
This is associated with chronic inflammation, or “pinching” of the rotator cuff muscles and bursa in the shoulder.
Dislocation or subluxation 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 dyskinesis 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. 
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Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin

At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, we have a team of board-certified specialists who can treat a wide range of conditions. Our specialists use the most advanced techniques to provide minimally invasive treatment options.

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (512) 476-2830 today.

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