The shoulder is a flexible joint. It is so flexible that it is the most flexible joint in the entire body. It is thanks to the shoulder that you are able to rotate your arm in so many different positions. This flexibility does have a downside however and that is putting you at more risk for an injury.
Although most shoulder injuries can be treated with nonsurgical procedures there are occasions when surgery is the only available option to treat the injury you have sustained. There are numerous injuries that you can receive and require surgery including tendinitis, fractured collarbones, torn rotator cups, and instability, among many others.
Once you have sustained a shoulder injury a visit to the doctor is in order. For a serious injury a trip to the Emergency Room may even be necessary. Once the physician has the chance to look at your injury and perform an evaluation, it can be determined whether surgery is something that is needed. Only a physician can make this determination. Your desires will also be taken into consideration once the evaluation has been completed, and of course your medical history and other factors will be used to determine if surgery is your best option.
If it is determined that surgery is required, you may be faced with concern about the surgery. It should provide you with assurance knowing that it is a relatively safe procedure for most people. There are minimal risks involved with the surgery, as with any type of surgery; however most people come out of the surgery feeling much better and without the concerns. Some of the most common risks associated with a shoulder surgery include infection, damage of nerves or blood vessels, tenderness and stiffness.
There are also a few rare but serious possible effects of the surgery. This includes numbness or tingling in the fingers or hands, fever after the surgery and/or redness around the wound. Should you experience any of these things after your surgery it is best to contact your physician immediately.
Some people may require hospitalization for a few days once the surgery has taken place, however there are also cases that a patient may return home soon after surgery. If you return home there should be someone available to help care for you for a few days following the surgery.
There are several types of surgeries that can assist in treating shoulder issues. The type of surgery that you will have is determined by the injury that you have sustained. An Arthroscopy is one of the most common types of shoulder surgeries that can be performed.
Before you have the surgery, remember that there is no food or drink after midnight the night before the surgery. You will also need to plan to arrive early for the surgery in order to be assessed in the preoperative area. Do plan to be at the operating center for several hours on the day of your surgery. All in all you will find shoulder surgery to be an effective way to relieve you from the problems that you are experiencing.