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Types of Shoulder Surgery

If you live with chronic shoulder pain and dysfunction, and non-invasive treatments have been unsuccessful at reducing your discomfort, then shoulder surgery will likely be the next recommended course of action.

There are a number of conditions that can lead to the need for surgery, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff tears, and others, and the type of surgery suggested to you will depend on the severity of your condition. In general, however, shoulder surgery can be divided into two categories:

  • Arthroscopy – 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 – Open surgery, like the term suggests, is the more invasive form of surgery and is typically used to make more extensive repairs, such as replacing a shoulder joint or mending a torn rotator cuff.

Tampa General Hospital is a leader in both open and arthroscopic shoulder replacement surgeries. Within these categories, TGH offers other surgical options, including:

  • Reverse shoulder replacement – TGH was one of the first hospitals to offer reverse total shoulder replacement surgery, a revolutionary method in which the artificial components are reversed, replacing the socket onto the humerus bone and the ball in the area of the socket. Doing so forces the healthier deltoid muscles to control the arm, taking that responsibility away from the injured rotator cuff which alleviates pain. TGH orthopedic surgeons have performed thousands of total shoulder procedures, revolutionizing the procedure, the implants, and the results.
  • Shoulder replacement revision – TGH’s orthopedic surgeons have a tremendous understanding of the problems associated with failed joint replacement surgery. This expertise has resulted in exceptional experience in solutions for infected joints, loose implants, complex deformities, fractures around the implants, and patients with metabolic bone problems. With our surgeons’ expertise in shoulder replacement revision, many patients have successfully returned to a normal lifestyle.

Why You Should Choose Tampa General Hospital for Your Shoulder Surgery

As a regional referral center for orthopedic surgery, Tampa General Hospital’s Joint Center is home to board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who have finished in-depth specialty training in orthopedics and perform a high volume of complex surgeries every year. In 2019, TGH orthopedic surgeons performed more than 272 shoulder replacement procedures, which is more than any other facility in Florida. TGH is also recognized as one of the Nation's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics (ranked in the top 25) as well as Highest Ranked in Florida for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for 2021-22, and our shoulder, hip, and knee replacement programs have earned prestigious certifications from The Joint Commission. 

Even if you do not require surgery, you can 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 one of our orthopedic surgeons about your options, click here to use our online Physician Finder or call -800-822-DOCS (3627) for a referral to an orthopedic specialist.