Shoulder Treatments Santa Rosa
Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates provides a full scope of orthopaedic services of the shoulder including:
Our group, of board certified experts, utilizes the most current and proven diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities to deliver the best care to our patients.
Rotator Cuff Tears
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that support the shoulder joint and allow for complete movement of the upper arm while keeping the ball of the arm bone in the shoulder socket. These tendons and muscles may become torn or otherwise damaged from injury, overuse, and aging, and can lead to pain, weakness, and inflammation. Surgery may be used to treat this often serious condition. Rotator cuff surgery may be performed arthroscopically or through an open procedure, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and aim to reattach the tendon back to the arm.
Rotator cuff repair surgery is usually successful in relieving shoulder pain, although full strength cannot always be restored. Recovery time depends on the type of surgery, but can take several months or longer.
Severe shoulder conditions with persistent symptoms that have not responded to conservative treatments may benefit from shoulder replacement surgery. Shoulder replacement surgery replaces the damaged joint with an artificial one that allows patients to decrease their shoulder pain symptoms and increase the amount of activities they can do with their shoulder.
Shoulder replacement surgery is often performed to treat conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Tears
Patients with these conditions often experience pain, limited range of motion, stiffness, swelling, and more. These symptoms can be effectively relieved by replacing the damaged bone and cartilage with a metal and plastic implant.
Shoulder replacement surgery takes about two to three hours and is usually done under general anesthesia. Patients will be required to stay in the hospital for one to two days and will need physical therapy in order to restore function to the joint after surgery. Most patients are able to return to all of their regular activities after three to four months.