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University Hospitals Physicians Provide Innovative Surgical Treatments for Shoulder and Elbow Conditions

Shoulder and elbow surgeons at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedics perform a variety of open and arthroscopic surgical procedures to restore damaged joints, ligaments and bones. Patients visit our Shoulder and Elbow Division to seek treatment for shoulder and elbow injuries resulting from overuse and severe trauma, as well as degenerative diseases like arthritis. Because of our extensive expertise and advanced surgical technology, our patients have access to the latest innovations in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Our surgeons routinely perform the following procedures:

  • Shoulder replacement surgery: When a patient’s shoulder requires surgery, a shoulder replacement, which is also called resurfacing, is one of the most common procedures. During total shoulder replacement surgery, the ball and socket of the joint are replaced by prosthetics. With a partial shoulder replacement, only the ball is replaced. The socket is resurfaced, which minimizes both the surgery and recovery times.
  • Reverse shoulder replacement surgery: When the rotator cuff, the group of muscles largely responsible for the shoulder’s mobility, is damaged beyond repair, a conventional shoulder replacement will not suffice. A reverse shoulder replacement can transform the biomechanical makeup of the shoulder to allow for mobility without the need of the rotator cuff. With this procedure, the ball and socket of the joint are replaced, but reversed. The ball is attached to the shoulder and the socket is attached to the arm, which shifts responsibility for the shoulder’s mobility from the rotator cuff to the deltoid muscle.
  • Arthroscopic (minimally invasive) shoulder surgery: Rotator cuff tears and shoulder dislocations are two of many procedures that the shoulder and elbow surgeons at UH Cleveland Medical Center routinely perform.
  • Arthroscopic and open elbow procedures: A variety of procedures for elbow arthritis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and elbow pain are performed routinely by our Shoulder and Elbow Division physicians.

Other surgeries performed by specialists at the Shoulder and Elbow Division include:

  • Arthroscopic instability surgery
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery
  • Clavicle fracture repair
  • Elbow replacement
  • Instability surgery
  • Latarjet procedure
  • Revision elbow arthroplasty
  • Revision elbow replacement
  • Revision shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff surgery
  • Superior labral tear from anterior to posterior (SLAP) surgery
  • Tommy John (UCL reconstruction) surgery

Like orthopedic surgeons in other divisions within UH Cleveland Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedics, our shoulder and elbow surgeons focus exclusively on their area of expertise. According to clinical studies, this specialized expertise tends to minimize complications and optimize outcomes for patients. Learn more about our shoulder and elbow surgeons and the conditions we treat.

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