Shoulder

Shoulder Specialist
If a painful shoulder is stopping you from moving around the way you want to, Dr. Robert J. Lee at Robert Lee Orthopedics offers quality treatments and state-of-the-art shoulder replacement surgery to patients in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho. Dr. Lee, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, treats patients with a multitude of shoulder-related ailments, injuries, and conditions. If you want to improve your shoulder mobility, call or book your appointment online with Dr. Lee today.

Shoulder Q & A

by Robert J. Lee, MD

What are the signs of a severe shoulder injury?

Serious shoulder injuries aren’t just painful; they often have several other symptoms, including:

  • Lack of strength
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Loss of sensation in the shoulder
  • Shoulder instability and loss of function
  • Clicking and crunching sounds in the shoulder

In more severe cases, Dr. Lee might decide that a shoulder reconstruction or replacement surgery is the best option for you. The surgery can significantly enhance your shoulder functioning and everyday life.

What conditions require shoulder surgery?

Dr. Lee may recommend a shoulder surgery for numerous reasons:

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

Your rotator cuff is the cluster of tendons in the shoulder joint that give support and allow for a wider range of motion. A torn rotator cuff is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in older adults and is typically caused by accidents or high-impact sports.

Shoulder dislocation

Dislocations occur when your arm is pulled out of the shoulder socket, a partial dislocation is when the ball of your upper arm doesn’t come completely out of the socket, and a bankart tear occurs when the ring of cartilage stabilizing the shoulder joint is torn.

Shoulder injury

Trauma to your shoulder as the result of an injury or accident can lead to other complications and should be evaluated by Dr. Lee.

Arthritis

Different types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis, can produce chronic inflammation of your shoulder joint.

How is a shoulder reconstruction surgery performed?

Dr. Lee surgically repairs torn or stretched ligaments by re-attaching the torn tendons back to the shoulder socket using special anchors. There are three parts to the anchor: the suture, the eyelet, and the main anchor. The suture goes through the eyelet, a hole or loop, and attaches to the anchor.

Dr. Lee also provides arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction surgery through tiny incisions. He uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, and precise hand movements to guide miniature surgical instruments in performing this minimally invasive procedure. This results in minimal scarring and faster recovery.

What can I expect after shoulder surgery?

Following your surgery, you’ll be monitored and may need to stay under medical care for a short period. You’ll keep your arm in a sling for about 4-6 weeks, and you’ll likely work with a physiotherapist who’ll give you simple rehabilitative exercises. Using an ice pack on your shoulder can reduce pain and swelling.

Dr. Lee will advise you on how long you’ll need to rest, avoid heavy lifting, and refrain from driving. For your follow-up, you’ll likely have an X-ray and schedule recurring visits throughout the year to monitor your progress.

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