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When Is It Time For Shoulder Surgery?


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Many people experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives. For some, the pain is temporary and goes away with rest, ice, and over-the-counter medication. But for others, the pain is chronic and does not improve with conservative treatment. If you are dealing with chronic shoulder pain that is impacting your quality of life, you may be wondering if it is time for surgery. Here are three common types of shoulder surgery and when they may be necessary.


Rotator Cuff Surgery

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff tear can occur due to injury or overuse and is a common cause of shoulder pain. Rotator cuff surgery may be recommended if you have a large tear that does not heal with conservative treatment, or if you have persistent pain and weakness in your shoulder.

Labral Tear Surgery

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket and helps keep the ball of the joint in place. A tear in the labrum can occur due to injury or overuse. Labral tear surgery may be recommended if you have a large tear that does not heal with conservative treatment, or if you have persistent pain and catching in your shoulder.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged parts of the shoulder joint with artificial implants. Shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended if you have severe arthritis or a rotator cuff tear that cannot be repaired.


If you are dealing with chronic shoulder pain, you may be wondering if surgery is right for you. The answer depends on the type of shoulder problem you are experiencing. Rotator cuff surgery may be necessary for a large tear that does not heal with conservative treatment. Labral tear surgery may be necessary for a large tear that does not heal or if you have persistent pain and catching in your shoulder. Shoulder replacement surgery may be necessary for severe arthritis or a rotator cuff tear that cannot be repaired. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon to find out which treatment option is right for you.

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