Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder surgery is sometimes needed to treat a shoulder condition. Learn about some of the common procedures and why they are needed. We’ll also consider some of the potential risks and the recovery process.

Dr. Brent J. Morris, MD, in Lexington, Kentucky, has a wealth of experience performing minimally invasive surgeries. To learn more, contact Dr. Morris’ office by calling to book an appointment!

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Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon located in Lexington, KY

About Shoulder Surgery

There are several types of surgical procedures to treat shoulder conditions. Each procedure is aimed at addressing a specific condition affecting the shoulder joint.

These surgeries are designed to alleviate shoulder pain, restore function, and improve overall shoulder mobility. From fractures and chronic pain to degenerative conditions like arthritis, these interventions play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with shoulder issues.

Shoulder Surgery Procedures

Here are some of the common shoulder surgery procedures that Dr. Morris performs:

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic shoulder surgeries are minimally invasive surgeries that allow your orthopedic surgeon to assess and treat different conditions affecting the shoulder joint.

Common arthroscopic procedures include:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Repair or removal of the labrum
  • Ligament repair
  • Removal of loose cartilage or inflamed tissue
  • Repair for chronic shoulder instability

Rotator Cuff Repair

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs or open surgery can be used to treat rotator cuff injuries.

Total Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement is usually performed using open surgery. Dr. Morris will replace the shoulder joint with a prosthesis made of a metal ball and cup. It is often used to treat a shoulder joint that is damaged by arthritis.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

A reverse shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure where the ball and socket are reversed. The procedure may be used when there is severe damage to the rotator cuff tendon.

Bicep Tendon Repair

Bicep tendon repair can usually performed using arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Morris can reattach the tendon to the bone.

Clavicle Fracture Repair

A clavicle fracture repair surgical procedure is used if the broken pieces of the bone move out of place. Dr. Morris will realign the broken pieces and secure them with metal hardware.

When is Shoulder Surgery Necessary?

You may need shoulder surgery if your injury or the damage to your shoulder is too severe to heal properly with non-surgical treatment options, such as rest, ice, physical therapy, and medication. The goal of shoulder surgery is to repair the damage to the joint so you can get relief from pain and regain function in your shoulder. 

Not every shoulder injury or condition requires surgery. Dr. Morris can help you decide whether or not surgery is the right option for you.

How Do Surgeons Determine if Surgery is Necessary?

To determine if surgery is necessary, expert surgeons like Dr. Morris will complete a complete diagnosis of your shoulder condition. He will likely perform the following diagnostic methods:

  • Review your medical history
  • Perform a physical exam
  • Ask about your symptoms
  • Order imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans

Based on this information, Dr. Morris determines which treatment options are best. If Dr. Morris believes you would benefit from surgery, he will explain the procedure in detail and tell you why it’s necessary.

Risks of Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder surgery carries the same risks as any other type of surgical procedure. The risks of shoulder surgery can include the following:

  • Problems with anesthesia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to other surrounding tissues
  • Surgery failure

There may also be a specific risk associated with the surgical procedure. However, Dr. Morris has the experience necessary to minimize the risks associated with shoulder surgery. He will explain all associated risks and the possible complications of the surgery before performing these procedures.

Shoulder Surgery Recovery

After surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for one or more days, but most arthroscopic and even open shoulder surgery patients are often able to go home the same day following surgery.  

Exercise is an essential part of recovery from shoulder surgery. You may require physical therapy to help keep your shoulder joint moving. These exercises will strengthen your shoulder joint and prevent stiffness.

It will usually take several weeks before you can fully recover. Follow all the directions Dr. Morris gives you for the quickest and most effective recovery.

Find Out if Shoulder Surgery is Right for You

If you have a severe shoulder injury and would like to know your treatment options, book an appointment with Dr. Brent J. Morris in Lexington, Kentucky. Our highly skilled shoulder surgeon will evaluate your condition and recommend the best approach for your condition.

Get on the road to recovery and contact our office today! We look forward to giving you the relief and peace of mind you deserve. 

Medically reviewed by Brent J. Morris, MD