Watch patient Chad Clark discuss the shoulder surgery he had with Dr. Gregory Carolan.
Arthroscopic Bankart Repair
A Bankart lesion occurs when the ligaments of the shoulder are torn from the front of the socket. During arthroscopic Bankart repair, a surgeon uses an arthroscope and small surgical tools to sew the ligament tissue to the rim of the socket.
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
The rotator cuff is the tendon and group of muscles that allow the shoulder to lift and rotate. During arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, a surgeon uses an arthroscope and small surgical tools to repair tears and other damage in the shoulder. The benefits of arthroscopy as opposed to traditional open surgery is that it is less painful, less costly, results in less scarring and requires less recovery time and usually can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Mini-open Rotator Cuff Repair
The rotator cuff is the tendon and group of muscles that allow the shoulder to lift and rotate. During mini-open rotator cuff repair, a surgeon uses an arthroscope to identify and assess the damage to the rotator cuff, but the repairs are done through a small incision.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
Reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is a type of total shoulder replacement surgery during which the surgeon attaches the metal ball to the shoulder bone and the plastic socket to the upper arm bone instead of in their typical placements. Reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is performed on people who have suffered complete tears of their rotator cuffs, whose shoulders have been significantly damaged by arthritis or have previously undergone total shoulder replacement surgery that was unsuccessful. Switching the placement of the ball and socket allows the patient to use his or her deltoid muscle—rather than the rotator cuff—to lift the arm.
Shoulder Impingement Surgery
Shoulder impingement surgery is a procedure during which a surgeon removes bone and tissue that puts pressure on the rotator cuff causing pain and tenderness in the shoulder. This surgery can be performed using an arthroscope and small surgical tools or using an open technique. The goals of the surgery are to relieve pain and restore strength and motion to the shoulder.
Shoulder resurfacing is a procedure during which a surgeon replaces only the diseased surface of the shoulder joint instead of the entire joint. If necessary in the future, a patient who undergoes shoulder resurfacing may still be able to have total shoulder replacement.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Total shoulder joint replacement is a surgical procedure performed on patients who suffer from joint pain caused by injury or a condition such as arthritis. During the procedure, the surgeon replaces the humeral head with a metal ball and inserts a polyethylene cup to serve as the socket. The goals of total shoulder replacement are pain relief and increased strength and stability in the shoulder joint.