What is Total Shoulder Reconstructive Surgery?

Shoulder reconstruction is a corrective surgical procedure performed by board-certified physicians through the use of arthroscopic equipment when damaged tissues are repaired from a single or multiple bouts of instability.  This style of surgery ensures that the smallest incision will be made to perform the necessary repairs. When conservative treatment methods fail for shoulder instability, arthroscopic reconstructive surgery is recommended as an effective long-term treatment solution.  During arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon utilizes a camera to visualize the damaged structures and repair them through different techniques and equipment.  A leader in the field of shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Chams utilizes new advanced techniques and equipment to optimize the effectiveness of the reconstruction and recovery outcomes.

When Do You Need Shoulder Reconstruction Surgery?

Shoulder reconstruction may be advised by your physician when you’re experiencing pain, weakness and instability. Instability can occur when either the shoulder dislocates or subluxates itself from the joint causing damage to surrounding soft tissue and boney structures. An episode of instability occurs when the humerus is forced out of its respective socket.  If significant damage results to these shoulder structures, a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery with Dr. Chams may be the recommended treatment.  Successful reconstructive arthroscopic surgery can help you regain stability.

Shoulder Instability Symptoms

Shoulder Instability can cause the joint to frequently dislocate or subluxate, which in turn can tear ligaments, tendons and damage cartilage within the shoulder. Common symptoms of shoulder instability can include:

  • Acute or Chronic Pain with Activity
  • Clicking and Popping
  • Weakness
  • Feeling of “Looseness” or “Joint Slipping”

Shoulder Reconstruction Surgery Recovery

Rehabilitation is a fundamental portion of the recovery process and will help prevent future episodes of shoulder instability. Following your 30-45 minute arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Chams will immobilize your shoulder up to several weeks to ease swelling, pain and allow for optimal healing of the soft tissue structures.  Home exercises and physical therapy prescribed will begin the day following your procedure advancing range of motion and strength.  Typically, reconstructive arthroscopic recovery rang