Advancements In Shoulder Surgery – Scott P. Stephens, M.D.

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We see a variety of injuries of the shoulder. We see labral tears, we see rotator cuff tendon tears. Some of the newer technology we’ve used has improved the implants used for those surgeries as well. 

Additionally, we have developed different graft materials that have allowed to replace certain materials that are missing in our shoulder, such as long-standing tendon tears or labral tears that have not healed over time.

Some of the other interesting things about shoulder surgery is that it’s more new technology compared to some of the other specialties we see. The reverse shoulder replacement, for example, is a technology that has really only been around for the last 15 or 20 years in the United States. 

But it’s given patients who have no other options with large rotator cuff tears, huge tendon tears that are not repairable, a chance to return to their normal daily activities pain-free.

Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery

One of the things that really drew me to shoulder surgery is that that it is minimally invasive. It allows me to use a small camera to do major surgeries. We use small little incisions and use technology that 20 years ago, quite frankly, didn’t exist. 

By using this technology, we can get patients back quicker, faster, easier recovery and with better results. So overall, it’s better for almost every patient population that I have.

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