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Surgical Procedures

This procedure is performed for people with pain emanating from their shoulder (glenohumeral joints). Two common causes for pain include arthritis and adhesive capsulitis (also known as frozen shoulder). Loose bodies are common in arthritis - (see video of Loose…
Ligaments connect the humerus and the glenoid together. A frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) occurs when the ligaments are too tight. A loose shoulder occurs when the ligaments are too lax. Because the ligaments attach to a rim of cartilage surrounding…
The biceps tendon runs up the front of the arm and has two attachment sites. The short head inserts onto the coracoid process and the long head inserts onto the top of the glenoid where it blends into the labrum.…
Fractures are very common about the shoulder with clavicle fractures one of the most commonly fractured bones in the body. Most clavicle fractures are treated non operatively and will heal in the same manner as rib fractures. Sometimes, the clavicle…
There are four rotator cuff muscles that originate off of the scapula. Their respective tendons form a cuff of tissue that inserts onto the top of the humerus. Each tendon rotates the humerus. When one of these tendons tears off…
Shoulder Replacement Surgery: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty When arthritis affects the glenohumeral (ball and socket) joint, attempts are made to treat the pain nonoperatively with a combination of medications and physical therapy and activity modification. When these…
An unusual source of pain is the joint between the shoulder blade and the ribs. A film of bursa provides lubrication between these two surfaces and can become inflamed and thickened. Presenting as a crunching that emanates from the top…
Performed arthroscopically, this procedure removes the inflamed bursa that accumulates under the acromion and on top of the supraspinatus (one of the four rotator cuff muscles). The acromion is inspected, too, and often has a bone spur or hook that…
Similar in nature to the subacromial decompression, this procedure is performed when the coracoid impinges on the subscapularis (one of the four rotator cuff muscles). A common cause of pain in the front of the shoulder with shoulder motion, this…