Shoulder Surgery Performed by Orthopedic Specialists at Tampa General Hospital

Shoulder surgery may be a suitable treatment option for patients whose chronic shoulder pain and dysfunction cannot be controlled through non-invasive treatments. In general, shoulder surgery can be divided into two categories: arthroscopy and open surgery. Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows a surgeon to view inside the shoulder joint with a pencil-like camera. Once inside the joint, the surgeon can determine an accurate diagnosis and make any repairs, if necessary. Open surgery is typically used to make more extensive repairs, such as replacing a shoulder joint or mending a torn rotator cuff.

Whether it be arthroscopy or an open procedure, shoulder surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and restore shoulder function for some patients. There are a number of conditions that can lead to the need for surgery, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dislocated shoulder joint
  • Fractured shoulder bone (humerus, clavicle, or scapula)
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Labral tear

As a regional referral center for orthopedic surgery, Tampa General Hospital’s Joint Center is home to board-certified orthopedic surgeons who perform a high volume of complex surgeries every year. TGH is also recognized as a high performing hospital for Orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report, and our shoulder, hip, and knee replacement programs have earned prestigious certifications from The Joint Commission. Patients who do not require surgery can also visit TGH’s Joint Center for leading-edge orthopedic care provided by multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other orthopedic specialists.

If you are considering shoulder surgery and would like to speak with an orthopedic surgeon about your options, use our online PhysicianFinder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627) for a referral to an orthopedics specialist.