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Trusted Shoulder Surgery across Southeastern Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Shoulder surgery repairs a shoulder joint with damage caused by aging, disease, overuse or injury. Common shoulder surgeries include joint replacement, rotator cuff repair and arthroscopy. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery allows your doctor to look inside your shoulder joint and make any necessary repairs.

Southcoast Health is proud to offer the expertise of orthopedic surgeons across southeastern Massachusetts, providing shoulder surgery in Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford and Wareham that meets our patients’ needs, right where they live. Find your nearest orthopedic specialist today or contact us online to receive the patient-centered care you deserve.

Why Shoulder Surgery Is Performed

Shoulder surgery may be an option if nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy and medications haven’t worked for you.

Your doctor may recommend shoulder surgery to treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage tears or injuries
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder separation
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Tendinitis

What to Expect

Shoulder surgery can be an open, mini-open or minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure. Mini-open and arthroscopic approaches result in smaller incisions, less pain and a shorter recovery period. Depending on the type of shoulder surgery, you may go home the same day or have a short stay in one of our hospitals.

We have partnered with Health Helm to offer the Trusted Patient Coach™ Mobile App program to connect our patients with their clinicians before and after medical procedures. Learn more about the benefits of staying connected to your care team post surgery.

Recovering from Shoulder Surgery in MA

You may have to wear a sling or immobilizer to keep your shoulder stable while it is healing. You’ll also likely need physical and occupational therapy as part of your recovery. This rehabilitation is vital to prevent joint stiffness and regain joint function. Full recovery can range from a few weeks to several months.

After shoulder surgery, most patients return to their favorite activities and sports. Your surgeon can advise you when it will be safe to resume certain activities. You can further protect your shoulder and avoid other issues by:

  • Carrying heavy objects close to your body
  • Using the proper stance when lifting heavy objects
  • Practicing good posture
  • Using good “biomechanics”
  • Strengthening your shoulder muscles with recommended exercises

Are you ready to see the end of your shoulder pain? Turn to Southcoast Health for full-service, compassionate care for your orthopedic needs. Sign up today to attend our Joint Seminar. Call 508-973-1559 to register.

Southcoast Health offers a specialty in orthopedics, including shoulder surgery, in Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham, MA, as well as in Rhode Island, through physician practices throughout the South Coast. Surgery can be performed at Southcoast Surgery Center, Charlton Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Tobey Hospital.