Shoulder surgery has been a recognised surgical discipline within orthopaedic surgery and traumatology since the late ’90s.
This expansion is linked to four factors:
The most common shoulder conditions are:
Conditions involving the rotator cuff tendons are linked to wear and tear caused by frequent and prolonged activities where your arms are raised above your head. Bone spurs located on the acromion, which may have been present at birth, can make your condition worse.
Wear can lead to a tear in one or more of the tendons, most often in patients over the age of 50.
Rotator cuff surgery is currently performed using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. It provides excellent results in terms of shoulder function as long as surgery and post-surgery rehabilitation is delivered by a multidisciplinary medical team who specialise in shoulders.
In most cases, ankylosis of the shoulder or adhesive capsulitis requires specialised physiotherapy sessions, where the patient must also do stretching exercises at home several times a day.
Recovery times are much shorter when physiotherapy is delivered by a specialist physiotherapist for a motivated patient.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is often treated by shoulder replacement surgery as this gives excellent long-term results for shoulder function.
Different prosthetic implants are fitted depending on the medical condition:
In both cases, arthroscopic shoulder replacement surgery must be performed by a skilled surgeon, who has extensive experience in performing this type of surgery, and who works with physiotherapists who also have experience in treating patients with shoulder replacements.
Sports injuries are more common in certain sports, for instance skiing, rugby, motorcycling, cycling and mountain biking.
80% of shoulder surgery is now performed using the popular technique of arthroscopy as it usually results in less pain and reduces the risk of infection after surgery.
Traditional open surgery is used for shoulder replacement surgery and for treating recurrent shoulder dislocations.
The quality of the physiotherapy plays a key role in a patient’s recovery and is responsible for 50% of the outcome.
Your shoulder condition must always be treated by a specialist, multidisciplinary team made up of surgeons, radiologists, physiotherapists and orthopaedists.