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Why should I See a Shoulder Specialist?

By Dr. Vivek Agrawal Last updated on November 25, 2014

Orthopedic surgeons are specialists in the treatment of diseases and injuries of the entire musculoskeletal system. The explosion of specialized knowledge and techniques in Orthopedic Surgery has given rise to many orthopedic sub-specialties including: Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Knee Surgery, Tumor Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, etc. Of course, a Shoulder specialist specializes in shoulder surgery.

The wide range of choices available to a shoulder specialist to treat any single problem can be mind-boggling. While there has never been a better time to be a shoulder specialist because of the great number of options available to help our patients, offering the best possible solutions also means increasing specialization.

Many consider the shoulder to be the most complicated joint in the body, and shoulder surgery has had revolutionary advances in the last few years. Along with the development of arthroscopic (small incision using fiber optic microscopic) techniques that allow almost all injuries to be repaired without a large incision, options for reconstruction and joint replacement by shoulder specialists are now available offering solutions for patients living with debilitating shoulder problems; even if they have had a shoulder surgery in the past that didn’t provide adequate results.

Hundreds of scientific studies have proven that patients get better results from specialists who do a LOT of a particular surgery, like shoulders, and that’s all we do at The Shoulder Center; hundreds per year! Despite the advancements in options available to the shoulder specialist; of the more than 20,000 Orthopedic specialists in the United States, over 75% only perform 1 or 2 shoulder replacements each year, with only 3% performing more than 10 replacements per year. Advanced arthroscopic shoulder operations still represent a significant challenge for most Orthopedic surgeons, and techniques that allow almost all shoulder injuries to be repaired without an open wound are still only available in a few state-of-the-art centers, like The Shoulder Center. Expertise requires skill, judgment, and lots of experience, and we have performed thousands of shoulder surgeries. A Shoulder specialist –- an orthopedic specialist with advanced training and lots of experience in shoulder surgery – can offer options and solutions not otherwise available, including consistently better results.

Call our office to discuss your shoulder needs and a consultation with a shoulder specialist.