Dr. Vivek Agrawal

Orthopedic Surgery
Carmel, IN
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Carmel, IN

Address

Suite 310, 12188A North Meridian Street, Carmel, IN
Directions

Insurances accepted

No Value

The Shoulder Center

Carmel, IN

About

Bio

Recognized by his peers, Dr. Agrawal is honored to be included among the 10 Shoulder Specialists to Know in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. https://www.theshouldercenter.com

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

215 Answers
54 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Shoulder Girdle: Learn more about the shoulder girdle here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2013/shoulder-surgery/spur-acromioplasty-impingement/.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Long Time: Regardless of the tissue repaired, primary healing takes 3 months and we recommend avoiding any stressful activities that may compromise the healing p... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Rehab First: I would recommend a structured throwing progression program. You can review our preferred program here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rehabilitati... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Shoulder Specialist: Playing can worsen already damaged and unstable shoulders. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-surgery/play... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
No Thermal Laser!!!: Please do not have shoulder surgery that involves treating an unstable shoulder with laser surgery or thermal treatment. There are much more effectiv... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Second Opinion: If you have a persistently symptomatic ac separation get a second opinion with a shoulder surgeon. The weaver dunn is just one option for addressing ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Nerve Pain: I suspect you are having nerve pain that may be coming from your neck and possibly more. For instance, C6 and C7 can give pain in the chest and bicep... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Multiple Sources: I suspect you have multifactorial pain meaning you likely have shoulder pathology involving the biceps tendon and rotator cuff but I am also concerned... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Second Opinion: Bone spur surgery is becoming increasingly controversial and it doesn't sound like you have a clear diagnosis and cause for your shoulder pain. Consi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Pinched Nerve: You may be referred to a neurologist for a special test called an emg. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/suprascapular-nerve.Htm and h... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Shoulder: The shoulder has the most mobility of any joint in the body so is also much more likely to become unstable. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/unstable... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Second Opinion: It's unclear from your question why you had two surgeries and the exact nature and cause of your pain. Along with a pain management specialist, i wou... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many Sources?: We need a clear diagnosis and cause for your symptoms first. Please make an appointment with your surgeon to get the process started. In the meantim... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Sounds like you had a high energy injury. The shoulder girdle is surrounded by a rich network of nerves and many patients can have neck, spine, and n... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: http://www.theshouldercenter.com/rotator-cuff-tear.htm an acute injury can result in significant weakness but not mean that there is a large tear. W... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
4-12 Months Recovery: Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/video-how-to-choose-a-surgeon-for-your-rotat... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Need Diagnosis: We need a clear diagnosis regarding the extent of your shoulder problem prior to being able to recommend treatment. If you have a know rotator cuff t... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Confirm Diagnosis: Shoulder blade pain can have many sources including neurogenic pain coming from the cervical or thoracic spine as one of the possibilities. http://ww... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: No test is 100% accurate and we base our decision for treatment based on a diagnosis resulting from a thorough history and examination which is then c... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Second Opinion: It is unclear from your question if you are having the same pain you were having prior to your shoulder operation and what the primary diagnosis was i... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Shoulder Specialist: http://www.theshouldercenter.com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-specialist/surgeryspecialist/ get a second opinion with a shoulder specialist. We rarely... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Nerve Problem?: Your description is concerning for a possible cervical (neck) nerve involvement and the pain in your shoulder, back, and chest may be radiating pain b... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Diagnosis?: Don't make the mistake of determining your treatment based on an MRI reading. If you don't already have a diagnosis that makes sense to you on an ana... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many Possibilities: Although you are young, we can't forget that left arm pain can be referred from other places such as the heart, cervical spine, etc. There certainly ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes Possibly: Left arm pain and tingling certainly sounds like nerve pain, but the deep breathing and lying down also raise the possibility of other sources. Altho... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Anything that involves the chest wall or rib cage such as pleurisy will result in pain such as you describe.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Good Question: We need a better understanding of your true diagnosis first. Do you have a strain/sprain without tear, a minor partial tear, a structural partial tea... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Can't Say: If this is a painless lump that is not growing and you noticed it incidentally than likely ok to watch. If painful or growing or any other signs of a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapula... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Acute Illness?: The swollen lymph node especially if relatively acute indicates your body is trying to fight off some type of infection...Viral, bacterial, etc. The ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Kinetic Evaluation: The catch means something is out of sync in the complex set of coordinated movements of the shoulder girdle. This can be because of a strain/sprain, ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Diagnosis?: Shoulder pain can have many sources and we need to first establish the cause for your shoulder pain. If rest and over the counter options have not he... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Each episode of dislocation or subluxation can injure and stretch the shoulder stabilizers further. Also, patients that are more flexible naturally c... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Second Opinion: There are better options available today and this procedure was much more popular 20-30 years ago. Learn more about unstable shoulder here: http://w... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapula... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapula... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Maybe: Prexisting neurologic impairment like a pinched nerve in the neck or peripheral nerve involvement like carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Can certainly be a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Diagnosis?: First, we have to determine why you are having shoulder pain. A strain and sprain is different than a rotator cuff tear. Most studies find that infl... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Unstable Shoulder: http://www.theshouldercenter.com/unstable-shoulder.htm will give you more information. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-rep... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Protocols Below: Here are some links to the protocols we use but this also depends on your surgeon and technique of repair. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/pdf/arthr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Do your research: http://www.theshouldercenter.com/video-how-to-choose-a-surgeon-for-your-rotator-cuff-repair.htm http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Ht... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
See Shoulder Surgeon: Given your young age and the injury you describe, i suspect you have a persistently unstable shoulder. Get a detailed evaluation with a shoulder spec... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Ribs or Lung?: Pain when you take a deep breath seems to indicate that when your rib cage expands this is painful...This points towards a problem in the rib cage or ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Joint Strain SC: It sounds as if you may have strained your sc joint (sternoclavicular joint) where the collar bone meets the breastbone (sternum). Learn more about s... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many possibilities: It may be a slap lesion which is a specific type of labrum tear, but if it continues to be bothersome, see a shoulder specialist to establish a diagno... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapula... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Shoulder Specialist: Extrinsic impingement or the idea that a bone spur wears the rotator cuff away is currently thought to not be accurate. Learn more about this topic h... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Diagnosis?: There are many and varied reasons for a winged scapula. In our practice the vast majority of patients have scapular winging secondary to shoulder ins... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the exact diagnosis and prognosis. If you have any hesitation regarding a recommendation we always recommend getting a second op... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Nonspecific: Shoulder bursitis is a common diagnosis but not really an anatomically based diagnosis. Learn more about shoulder pain here: http://www.Theshoulderc... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

5
Recommendations
259
Thank you notes
Mar 15, 2013
Dr Agrawal is a fantastic surgeon. Very highly regarded
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
Had shoulder surgery 15 yrs ago because of my shoulder dislocating, this was done by another physician. Was having some pain with weight lifting. My shoulder would remain inflamed for days. I had a c...Read More
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
You can tell that Dr. Agrawal had taken a great deal of time to think about how he wants his practice to function. It is refreshing to walk into your appointment and to be seen by your Doctor within ...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Of all the responses YU were the only 1 to correctly read of reply correct. Thank You for the GREAT ADVICE. & GOD BLESS !!!!!!!
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! After 4 yrs I have neurogenic TOS plus going to see a Neuro Dr next for the cervical..thanks for your input~
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Knowing that my similar pain can be heart related is cause for serious concern. Thank you for the insight

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
Graduated 1994MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Indiana University Hospital

Awards

Associate Master Arthroscopy Instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America
67 Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists to Know in America, Becker's Hospital Review
20 Shoulder Specialists to Know in America, Becker's ASC Review

Affiliations

Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The Shoulder Center

Publications

Staged Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair with a Bridging Acellular Human Dermal Graft in the Treatment of Infection Following Open Rotator Cuff Repai...
Healing Rates for Challenging Rotator Cuff Tears Utilizing an Acellular Human Dermal Reinforcement Graft
Cover Image: Greater Tuberosity Footprint Osteolysis Associated with Type II Retear Following Dual Row Rotator Cuff Repair with Absorbable Anchors
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less