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Shoulder Surgery

Deciding on the best shoulder surgeon in East Mesa can be difficult, but your search is over. Dr. Hatfield is one of the best and most respected shoulder surgeons in East Mesa. He specializes in arthroscopic reconstruction for your shoulder rotator cuffs and many other orthopedic procedures.

This page will provide you with basic information for your shoulder surgery.


What Is Shoulder Surgery? 

Shoulder surgery aims to repair your degenerated, damaged, or diseased shoulder joints. Common conditions are shoulder dislocations, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder separations. The surgery can help restore your shoulder’s range of motion and alleviate pain from your damaged joint. Shoulder surgery is common but is also considered major surgery with serious risks and complications involved.

You have a few choices for treatment that are less invasive. It is therefore advised you consider your options before undertaking surgery.


Types Of Shoulder Surgery

The types of shoulder surgery include the following:


Arthroplasty resurfaces or replaces a diseased joint. Removing the arthritic or damaged surfaces of your bones and replacing them with a prosthesis or artificial material. The procedure can range from a partial or total replacement of your shoulder joint. Your doctor may recommend this treatment for a degenerative disorder on your shoulder. Some fractures in your shoulder joint may also need a joint replacement.


Arthroscopy is a surgery that uses an arthroscope. The arthroscope is a long and thin instrument with a small camera that is inserted into your joint through an incision. Your doctor may give you this treatment for some rotator cuff problems, shoulder dislocations, shoulder tendonitis, and many other conditions.


Rotator Cuff Repair is a procedure that re-attaches your torn rotator cuff. It is used to treat a torn tendon from your shoulder joint.


Soft Tissue Repair is the treatment that heals damage from your shoulder muscles.


Why Do You Need Shoulder Surgery?

Your doctor may put forward surgery as an option to treat your damaged, diseased, or degenerated shoulder joint. The joint in your shoulder can be damaged from different causes such as overuse, aging, and disease. Your doctor will suggest surgery when non-invasive and less risky treatments have not worked. Ask your doctor for all possible treatments before considering surgery.

Surgery may be recommended for the following conditions:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Bursitis
  3. Fractures
  4. Frozen shoulder
  5. Cartilage conditions
  6. Shoulder dislocation
  7. Shoulder separation


How Can I Reduce My Risk Of Complications?

You can reduce the risk of developing complications with these steps:

  1. Take your medication as prescribed.
  2. Let your care team know of any allergies.
  3. Go to your doctor’s prescribed rehabilitation treatments
  4. Alert your doctor of any concerns such as fever, bleeding, or pain.
  5. Follow your doctor’s advice on dietary, activity, and lifestyle changes and restrictions before and after your surgery.

How Can I Prepare For My Shoulder Surgery?

  1. Showering the night before and on the day of your surgery with antiseptic soap.
  2. Stop smoking immediately because even quitting a few days before can dramatically increase your surgery’s success.
  3. Take or stop taking medications as prescribed by your doctor. You may have to stop taking aspirin, Advil, and blood thinners before the surgery.
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