What is Shoulder Preservation Surgery?
Shoulder preservation surgery is any surgical procedure that is aimed at preserving the structure and function of the shoulder. It may be a good option when non-surgical treatments fail to relieve shoulder symptoms as it is less invasive than shoulder joint replacement surgery.
Indications of Shoulder Preservation Surgery
Shoulder preservation surgery may be recommended for the following conditions:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder dislocation
- Mild-to-moderate arthritis
- Mild-to-moderate degenerative joint conditions
Shoulder Preservation Procedures
Most joint preservation surgeries can be performed using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. About 2-3 small incisions are made on the skin through which a small camera and special arthroscopic instruments are inserted into the joint to repair the injured tissues.
Risks and Complications of Shoulder Preservation Surgery
Shoulder preservation surgery is a safe, minimally invasive procedure; however, there is a minimal risk of bleeding, infection, delayed healing, and failure to heal after surgery.
Post-Operative Recovery after Shoulder Preservation Surgery
After joint preservation surgery, patients can expect to wear a sling and follow a physical therapy program that will help restore shoulder function. Physical therapy is important following surgery to help maximize the shoulder range of motion and strength. It may take about 6 months for their turn of full shoulder function.
Benefits of Shoulder Preservation Surgery
The benefits of shoulder preservation surgery include:
- Eliminates or reduces joint pain
- Improves or restores joint function
- Less invasive than total joint replacement surgery
- Delays or avoids joint replacement surgery