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Shoulder Surgery Specialist

Valdosta Orthopedic Associates

Spine & Sports Medicine & Orthopedics located in Valdosta, GA

Your shoulders play a significant role in helping you move your arms and manipulate the world around you. If you struggle with chronic or debilitating shoulder pain, the specialists at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates in Valdosta, Georgia, can determine if shoulder surgery is right for you. Led by a team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons, the practice offers in-office diagnostics and an on-site surgery center. To speak with a doctor about your shoulder pain, book your appointment by phone or online today.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

What are some common shoulder problems?

The joint in your shoulder is the most flexible in your body. Its flexibility and the muscles and tendons that support the shoulder allow you to rotate your arm in many different directions. 

Because the shoulder joint is so mobile, it’s especially vulnerable to injury and dysfunction. Some of the most common shoulder problems include:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis

Although your doctor can treat most shoulder problems with conservative care, certain cases require surgery. At Valdosta Orthopedic Associates, the team uses shoulder surgery to treat people suffering from severe conditions or symptoms that persist even after conservative treatment.

What are the different types of shoulder surgery?

Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers several different shoulder procedures, including

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Fracture repair
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Bankart repair
  • Acromioclavicular joint repair 
  • Shoulder replacement

The type of procedure you need depends on the nature of your condition. If you suffer from symptoms like stiffness, pain, or limited range of motion, the specialists at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates can determine which procedure is best for you.

How do I know if shoulder surgery is right for me?

To determine if shoulder surgery is right for you, your doctor performs a thorough examination, including a physical exam and review of your medical history. You and your doctor also discuss your symptoms and any procedures you’ve had in the past. 

Your doctor then performs imaging tests to get a detailed look at the structures inside your shoulder. Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers several in-office diagnostics like X-rays and MRIs to ensure you get the care you need without having to travel to a separate facility. 

After your diagnosis, your doctor determines the most appropriate procedure for your condition. 

What are the risks of shoulder surgery?

Like all procedures, there are certain risks associated with shoulder surgery. Some of these risks include:

  • Infection
  • Increased pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling or numbness

Your doctor goes over the risks to help you decide if shoulder surgery is right for you. The board-certified surgeons at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates have extensive experience performing successful shoulder surgery and use some of the latest technologies to ensure superior outcomes for each patient. 

To determine if shoulder surgery is right for you, call the office or book your appointment online today.