A 31-year-old member asked:
how can i know if i really need to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Paul Grutter answered
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Talk to your surgeon: Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon who will give you both the non-operative treatment options and operative treatment options and the risks and benefits of each. If you are uncertain about a surgery, get a second opinion.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Christopher Piller answered
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
If failed therapy: For most shoulder injuries or conditions, surgery is an option, but only after an adequate amount of time has been allowed for the condition to resolve, and conservative treatment with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification have been tried. However, surgery might be the best option for painful rotator cuff or cartilage tears, instability, or impingement.
Answered on Jan 15, 2015
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