Shoulder Surgery Specialist

DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopedic Institute

Orthopedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Rochester, MI

The shoulder is your body’s most movable joint, making it particularly vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain. The highly trained team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute provides the most advanced techniques in shoulder surgery at their clinic in Rochester, Michigan. For expert care in shoulder surgery, call to book an appointment today.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

What problems does shoulder surgery treat?

The shoulder is a highly flexible ball-and-socket joint that provides your arm with a wide range of motion. When an injury or illness causes shoulder pain, it can interfere with daily activities, like getting dressed in the morning. 

The expert team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute evaluates and treats many problems that cause shoulder pain, including:

  • Shoulder impingement
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder instability
  • Cartilage or ligament damage
  • Bone spurs

They also provide surgical and nonsurgical treatment for different forms of arthritis that affect the shoulder, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Why would I need shoulder surgery?

Before they recommend surgery, the team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute carefully evaluates your shoulder and reviews your medical history. They may take diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or MRI scan, to determine the extent of your condition.

Then, they create a personalized treatment plan. The team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute takes a conservative approach and only recommends surgery after other treatments have failed. If you continue to suffer from shoulder pain and disability after trying nonsurgical methods like physical therapy and activity modification, you may need surgery. 

What are the different types of shoulder surgery?

The team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute provides various approaches to shoulder surgery based on your specific needs. This may include:

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a tiny fiber-optic camera (arthroscope). Your surgeon inserts the pencil-sized camera through a tiny incision in your shoulder and views images of the inside of your joint on a monitor. 

This technique allows the surgeons at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to diagnose and treat many shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tears, without making a large incision. 

Shoulder joint replacement

If your shoulder joint is severely damaged or deformed from a chronic condition like arthritis, you may be a candidate for total shoulder replacement. This open surgery involves removing the damaged portions of your joint through a large incision. Then, your surgeon replaces the damaged joint with an artificial one made of metal and medical-grade plastic.  

To find out if you need shoulder surgery, call DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to book an appointment today.