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Shoulder Surgery in MA & RI

Southcoast Health is proud to offer the expertise of orthopedic surgeons across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, providing top of the line shoulder surgery that meets our patients’ needs. 

What is Shoulder Surgery and When is It Performed?

Shoulder surgery repairs a shoulder joint with damage caused by aging, disease, overuse, or injury. It may be an option if nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy and medications have not worked for your condition. 

Shoulder surgery is usually used to treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage tears or injuries
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendinitis

Common shoulder surgeries that can treat these conditions include:

What to Expect During Shoulder Surgery

The length of your surgery and hospital time depends on the type of shoulder surgery you need. 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.

Shoulder Surgery Recovery at Home

After undergoing shoulder surgery, you may have to wear a sling or immobilizer to keep your shoulder stable while it is healing. Additionally, 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
  • Practicing proper form when moving your arms
  • Strengthening your shoulder muscles with recommended exercises

You’ll also likely need physical and occupational therapy as part of your recovery. 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.

Shoulder Surgery Near You in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Are you ready to see the end of your shoulder pain? Turn to Southcoast Health for compassionate care for your orthopedic needs. Southcoast Health is proud to offer the expertise of orthopedic surgeons across southeastern Massachusetts, along with state-of-the-art operating rooms located right in your community. We’ll be with you every step from pre-op to recovery, and help you get your health and life back on track. Find your nearest Southcoast orthopedic specialist or contact us to schedule a consultation today.