Surgery for shoulder injuries on today’s House Call

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While the shoulder is the most ‘movable’ joint in the body, it can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it.

Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common injuries and problems, such as sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis.

However, the most common shoulder injuries that often require surgical treatment are significant collarbone and/or humerus (upper arm bone) breaks and rotator cuff tears or damage.

In most cases, bone breaks in the shoulder are able to heal on their own, without surgery; however, when the bone has been shattered and/or completely shifted out of place, surgery may be the only option to ensure that it heals properly.

An open reduction and internal fixation procedure is used to line up the broken bone and place plates and screws within it to maintain the proper position, triggering the bone to heal around it.

Rotator cuff problems or injuries often occur when our day-to-day activities exceed the strength of the rotator cuff muscles.

In the past, individuals with torn rotator cuffs had very few treatment options, and often had to live with the debilitating condition.

Now, arthroscopy is used as a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure in which orthopedic surgeons can examine and repair the joint and/or muscle damage.

Reverse shoulder replacement has also offered a successful treatment option for individuals with severe rotator cuff injuries.

Cone Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence has an exceptional network of orthopedic specialists and related healthcare professionals trained to perform the latest advancements in shoulder injury surgical procedures, and return patients to their normal lives and routines as quickly as possible.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Kevin Supple is an orthopaedic surgeon at Greensboro Orthopaedics and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff.

Dr. Supple earned his M.D. at University of Southern California School of Medicine. He served his general surgery internship and his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Jackson Memorial Medical Center of the University of Miami.

Dr. Supple’s specialization is arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, and total shoulder and reverse shoulder replacements.

He is the first physician in Guilford County to receive the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.