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Shoulder Surgery Specialist

Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic

Orthopedic Surgeons & Pain Management Specialists located in Lafayette, LA

Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, making it more susceptible to injuries that may require surgery. At Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana, the orthopedic surgeons Louis Blanda Jr., MD, Malcolm Stubbs, MD, and David Muldowny, MD, perform shoulder surgery using innovative tools and techniques. Schedule a consultation with the patient-centered surgeons by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Shoulder Surgery Q&A

What is shoulder surgery?

Shoulder surgery includes any procedure that treats a shoulder problem. 

Your shoulder is a complex joint that connects three bones, including the humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collarbone). Ligaments, muscles, and tendons hold the bones in place and support the movement of your arm. 

Any injury or disease that affects one or more of the structures that make up your shoulder may require surgical intervention if medical treatments fail to improve the problem.

Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic is a state-of-the-art practice with fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who perform shoulder surgery to ease pain and restore function. 

How do I know if I need shoulder surgery?

The skilled orthopedic surgeons at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic conduct thorough evaluations to determine if you need shoulder surgery. In most cases, the surgeons recommend medical interventions before surgery.

However, surgery may be the next step if your shoulder problem fails to improve after medical care.  Some of the shoulder issues that may benefit from shoulder surgery include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Complex fracture of the clavicle or shoulder blade
  • Superior-labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) tear
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder dislocation

If you have shoulder pain that’s not improving with medication and physical therapy, schedule a shoulder surgery consultation at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic.

What are the types of shoulder surgery?

The orthopedic surgeons at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic use cutting-edge tools and techniques when performing shoulder surgery. The type of surgery you need depends on your diagnosis. 

Types of shoulder surgery include:

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic to treat many shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears, SLAP tears, and shoulder dislocation.

During shoulder arthroscopy, your surgeon makes a small incision at your shoulder joint and inserts an arthroscope, a lighted surgical camera that transmits live-action images of your shoulder to a television monitor.

Your surgeon makes additional small incisions to insert surgical instruments to treat your shoulder problem.

Reconstructive shoulder surgery

The Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic surgeons perform reconstructive shoulder surgery for patients with severe shoulder instability from a dislocation.

During the procedure, the surgeons repair the damaged ligaments, tendons, or muscles to improve shoulder stability, restore function, and prevent recurring dislocations. 

Shoulder joint replacement 

Orthopedic surgeons perform shoulder joint replacements to ease chronic shoulder pain from degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis. During shoulder joint replacement, your surgeon replaces all or part of your shoulder joint with prosthetic devices. 

Schedule your shoulder surgery consultation by calling Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic or book an appointment online today.