Orthopedic Elbow and Shoulder Care at Premier Health

Pain in your elbow or shoulder can hinder your ability to do normal activities. You may not be able to lift or throw as well as you used to, and pain just gets in your way. We want to help you overcome your pain and improve your quality of life.

Our nationally recognized specialists evaluate you carefully and explore non-surgical treatment options to reduce or eliminate your pain. These may include physical therapy or pain management through steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medications.

However, if your elbow or shoulder pain prevents you from participating in your favorite activities or performing simple functions in your daily life, then it may be time to consider surgery.

Elbow and Shoulder Surgery

Should surgery be necessary, you can rest assured that you’ll receive outstanding care that makes you and your family comfortable. Some conditions that can lead to elbow surgery are:

  • Fracture or tear to the joint
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Conditions that can lead to shoulder surgery include:

  • Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)
  • Fracture or injury to the joint
  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Minimally Invasive Procedures

In some cases, minimally invasive surgical options may be available. Also, arthroscopy enables your surgeon to inspect, diagnose and repair problems inside your elbow or shoulder with just a few small incisions.

During arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into your elbow or shoulder through a small incision. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and the surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments through other small incisions.

Like other minimally invasive procedures, arthroscopy often has some important benefits:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Elbow Replacement

If your elbow joint is badly damaged, your physician may recommend a joint replacement. In this procedure, your surgeon will replace the damaged bones of the elbow with an artificial elbow joint made of metal and plastic.

Elbow joint replacement may make it possible for you to resume normal activities after your elbow has healed.

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center

Shoulder Replacement

In some cases, a shoulder replacement is the best way to alleviate your pain. There are two kinds of shoulder replacement: Partial and total.

If your shoulder socket is healthy and shows no signs of arthritis, your doctor may recommend a partial shoulder replacement. In this procedure only the ball of the shoulder joint is replaced, so there’s less bone removal requiring a smaller incision than with a total shoulder replacement.

Total shoulder replacement, treats severe pain and stiffness. Your surgeon may recommend TSA to treat the end stage of various forms of arthritis or degenerative joint disease of the shoulder. During this procedure your surgeon will remove the entire damaged shoulder joint and replace it with an artificial joint.
Shoulder joint replacement may make it possible for you to resume normal activities after your shoulder has healed.

 Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center

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Content Updated: July 17, 2018

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