Shoulder Surgery

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common reasons Americans have shoulder surgery each year. If you have a shoulder injury or chronic condition that requires surgery, James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, of Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, expertly perform traditional and arthroscopic shoulder surgeries. As board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Drs. Sobiek and Huene each have more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating shoulder injuries and conditions. If you suffer from shoulder pain, call to schedule a consultation or book online to learn about nonsurgical and surgical treatments.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

When would I need shoulder surgery?

Your shoulder is a complex ball-and-socket joint made up of bones, muscles, and bursa (a sac-like membrane) for cushioning. It’s the most flexible joint in your body. Your rotator cuff consists of four tendons that surround your shoulder and keep your arm bone centered in the shoulder socket.

When any of these components becomes overworked, unstable, or fractured, you may need shoulder surgery. In many instances, your doctor at Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates first prescribes nonsurgical treatments and therapies to repair your shoulder, but if pain and immobility continue, shoulder surgery may be necessary. Some of the most common reasons you may need shoulder surgery include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Ligament injuries
  • A recurring dislocated shoulder
  • Removal of bone spurs or loose cartilage
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint repair as a result of arthritis or a repetitive injury

Like knee replacement surgery, you can also get shoulder replacement surgery, if your condition is severe or you have advanced stages of arthritis.

What are the risk factors for rotator cuff tears?

As one of the most common reasons for needing shoulder surgery, you may be at risk of rotator cuff tears if:

  • You’re over 40 years old
  • You’re an athlete who uses repetitive arm motions, such as a baseball pitcher or tennis player
  • You have a family history of rotator cuff injuries
  • You have an occupation that requires repetitive arm movements, such as a house painter or carpenter

Tearing your rotator cuff doesn't necessarily mean you’ll need surgery, but if your condition doesn’t respond to nonsurgical therapies, shoulder surgery may be the only way to repair the tear and help you regain mobility.

What happens during shoulder surgery?

Drs. Sobiek and Huene perform traditional shoulder surgery and arthroscopy. With traditional surgery, your doctor makes a large incision so he can repair a severely damaged tendon or bone fracture.

During arthroscopic surgery, your doctor inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, through a small incision in your shoulder. He inserts surgical tools through other small incisions and performs the shoulder surgery while viewing images from the arthroscope that are projected on a screen. This type of surgery is less invasive than open shoulder surgery.

Recovery from either type of shoulder surgery has about the same time frame, but you may be more uncomfortable after open surgery.

During shoulder replacement surgery for a degenerative joint disease like arthritis, a severe fracture, or failed previous surgery, your orthopedic surgeon replaces the ball and socket with an artificial joint.

If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain or restricted range of motion, Drs. Sobiek and Huene can diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of orthopedic treatment, both surgical and nonsurgical. Call today to schedule an exam or book it online.