Procedures conducted on the Shoulder

  • Stabilisation procedures for instability (dislocations)
  • Rotator cuff procedures/repairs and Sub Acromian Decompression (SAD)
  • Surgeries for frozen shoulder

Procedures conducted on the Shoulder

Stabilisation procedures

The shoulder is a special joint which has greater mobility and more stability depending on the integrity of the capsule. The capsule is made up of thick connective tissue, contains fluid and separates the joint from the rest of the body. Tearing of the capsule from the bone can result in repeated dislocations of the shoulder joint. Apart from the pain caused, it can result in overall deterioration of the quality of life of the patient, not to mention acute embarrassment (it can happen during the most mundane activities). This can be very effectively addressed through arthroscopic procedures where the capsule is re-attached to the bone using metal or bio-absorbable anchors. With arthroscopy, patients recover faster and re-attain full, pre-surgical range of motion in the joint.

Rotator cuff procedures/repairs and Subacromian Decompression (SAD)

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint and tears in this can occur due to degeneration or aging of the muscles. This may present itself as pain in the night and an inability to lift one’s arm above the shoulder level. If the condition cannot be treated non-surgically, arthroscopy is a viable and effective option. The rotator cuff can be repaired arthroscopically using suture anchors after which healing takes several weeks. With the proper rehabilitation, patient can get back to normal activity. Subacromian deompression (SAD) is another procedure which is carried out on the same region, where the rotator cuff tendon is pinched between the head of the humerus and the undersurface of the acromion. Arthroscopically, bone is removed from the underside of the acromion until the tendons are free to move unheeded by bone.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a common affliction seen in people above thirty-five years of age. Symptoms are stiffness in the shoulder joint, pain and discomfort. Most frozen shoulders get well through conservative treatment. It is only when there is no response to such treatment, arthroscopy can help and is recommended.