Bone Spur Removal Surgery

Shoulder arthritis is among the most common causes of joint pain and loss of function, most prevalent in older adults. Arthritis of the shoulder is marked by the gradual deterioration of articular cartilage, the smooth, white substance covering the ends of each bone. Articular cartilage plays a vital role in overall joint health because it is responsible for allowing fluid, pain-free movements of the joint. When cartilage becomes injured from overuse, the natural aging process or a joint injury, patients begin to experience overall shoulder discomfort. Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC area orthopedic shoulder surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Ticker specializes in the surgical treatment of shoulder arthritis so patients can return to normal activities. A common technique performed by Dr. Ticker is an arthroscopic debridement and bone spur removal surgery.

Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is a common form of shoulder arthritis found in older patients, as well as younger, active patients highly involved in repetitive shoulder motions. Osteoarthritis occurs as the joint’s articular cartilage wears down and becomes frayed, slowly exposing the underlying bone. During joint movements, the bones rub against each other and cause patients to experience pain. As the condition progresses, patients may develop bone spurs that lead to additional pain and loss of joint function.

Since shoulder arthritis cannot be cured, it is important patients seek medical assistance at the onset of symptoms. This allows Dr. Ticker to determine the appropriate treatment plan, such as an arthroscopic debridement and bone spur removal surgery, before cartilage is completely worn away.

An arthroscopic debridement surgery is designed to remove articular cartilage and other soft tissue that has become damaged from arthritis, overuse or a joint injury. Dr. Ticker begins the minimally invasive procedure by creating a series of tiny incisions in the shoulder. He then enters the joint with an arthroscope and tiny surgical tools to complete the repair. Once the damaged areas are inspected, he will carefully remove any loose areas of cartilage and/or inflamed areas of tissue. He will then smooth down the frayed areas so the joint has a smooth gliding surface. If bone spurs are present, he will remove the spurs with an associated bone spur removal surgery.

Arthroscopic Debridement and Bone Spur Removal Surgery Recovery and Rehabilitation

Following the procedure, patients will be prescribed a detailed set of rehabilitation guidelines that must be strictly followed at all times. Dr. Ticker will prescribe a thorough physical therapy program designed to help regain motion, strength and overall joint function.

Arthroscopic Debridement and Bone Spur Removal Surgery Recovery Time

Recovery time for an arthroscopic debridement and bone spur removal surgery varies for each patient depending on injury severity and amount of correction performed during the procedure. Dr. Ticker will provide a detailed plan for a quick return to athletic and normal activities to each patient prior to surgery.

For additional information on arthroscopic debridement and bone spur removal surgery, please contact Dr. Jonathan Ticker, orthopedic shoulder surgeon serving the greater Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC communities.