Shoulder injuries can be painful and debilitating whether they are recent injuries or chronic problems. Orthopedic surgeon David Silverberg, MD, has more than 15 years of experience repairing patients’ shoulders at Silver State Orthopedics in Las Vegas. If you have a shoulder injury, click or call to schedule an appointment today.
Shoulder Surgery Q & A
What types of shoulder injuries can be treated?
Your shoulder is a highly mobile joint, and it requires both stability and freedom of movement in order to function pain-free. There are many types of shoulder problems that can compromise optimal function. These problems include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder dislocation
- Shoulder instability
- Acromioclavicular joint separation
All of these conditions can vary in severity — from mild discomfort to severe disability and chronic pain. Dr. Silverberg is a highly trained shoulder expert, and he can diagnose and treat your shoulder injury so you can enjoy your life again.
How are shoulder injuries dealt with?
First, Dr. Silverberg performs a thorough examination of your shoulder, which can include taking X-rays or ordering an MRI. Then he diagnoses your condition.
Mild shoulder problems may require physical therapy or steroid injections to improve shoulder strength and relieve pain. If your diagnosis is more severe, or conservative treatment approaches haven’t worked, you may be a candidate for shoulder surgery.
What types of shoulder surgeries are available?
At Silver State Orthopedics, Dr. Silverberg utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to perform shoulder surgeries with the most advanced techniques available. Every person is unique, so each shoulder surgery is customized based on your situation.
Dr. Silverberg repairs shoulders using arthroscopic surgery. With this type of surgery, Dr. Silverberg makes a tiny incision in your shoulder while you are under multimodal anesthesia. Using an arthroscope — a cable system with tiny tools and a tiny camera — Dr. Silverberg views the internal structures of your shoulder to determine how best to repair your shoulder.
Dr. Silverberg then uses the arthroscope to clean the area of scar tissue and repair your injury. Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, so your risk of infection and time needed to recover is less than an open surgery.
What is recovery like after a shoulder surgery?
Each shoulder surgery is unique and requires downtime based on the extent of the injury and surgery. Dr. Silverberg will outline your recovery plan prior to surgery, including options for pain relief and physical therapy.
If a shoulder injury is keeping you from doing the things you love, click or call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silverberg at Silver State Orthopedics today.