Medicine is advancing rapidly. The wide range of options available to a shoulder surgeon to diagnose and treat any single problem can be mind-boggling. While there has never been a better time to be a shoulder surgeon because of the great number of options available to help our patients, offering the best possible care also means increasing specialization.
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: Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Knee Surgery, Tumor Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, etc. Of course, a Shoulder Surgeon specializes in shoulder surgery.
Many consider the shoulder to be the most complicated joint in the human body, and shoulder surgery has experienced revolutionary advances in the last few years. Along with the development of innovative, arthroscopic (small incision using fiber optic microscopic) techniques that allow almost all tears to be repaired without an open incision, revolutionary options for reconstruction and joint replacement by shoulder surgeons are now available offering hope for patients living with debilitating shoulder pain; even if they have had a shoulder surgery in the past that didn’t provide acceptable results.
Despite the significant advancements in treatment options available to the shoulder surgeon; of the roughly 20,000 Orthopedic Surgeons 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 tears to be repaired without an open incision are still only available in a few state-of-the-art centers, like The Shoulder Center. Hundreds of scientific studies have proven that patients get better results from surgeons who do a LOT of a particular surgery, like shoulders, and that’s all we do at The Shoulder Center; hundreds per year! Expertise requires skill, judgment, and lots of experience-the best pilots have thousands of flight hours and we have performed thousands of shoulder surgeries. A Shoulder Surgeon – an orthopedic surgeon 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 surgeon.