Shoulder Reconstruction Surgery Overview
The shoulder is a highly complex joint that allows a great range of motion so individuals are able to perform everyday movements and compete in sports. Since the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, it is at an elevated risk of instability, dislocations, labral tears and other injuries. When a dislocation or labral tear occurs and causes chronic instability, Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC area patients may undergo a shoulder reconstruction to repair the overstretched or torn ligaments. In certain patients, the procedure may fail to alleviate symptoms, or the shoulder may become injured again and lead to additional damage. In these cases, Dr. Jonathan Ticker, orthopedic surgeon and shoulder specialist, may recommend an arthroscopic revision shoulder surgery and reconstruction so the patient is able to return to an active, healthy lifestyle.
An arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction is a highly effective procedure designed to eliminate chronic instability. Unfortunately, the procedure can fail for a number of reasons. Common causes of failure include infection, improper surgical technique, additional wear and tear of the shoulder’s soft tissue restraints and re-injury of the repaired ligament. When a shoulder reconstruction fails, patients often experience persistent pain, instability and loss of joint function.
An arthroscopic revision shoulder surgery and reconstruction is performed by Dr. Ticker in cases of a failed initial surgery. He will perform a thorough medical review and physical examination to determine the exact cause of failure. Patients will be expected to report the onset of symptoms, any new injury to the joint and the physical therapy program followed after the initial shoulder reconstruction.
Once Dr. Ticker determines a patient is a candidate, he will perform an arthroscopic revision shoulder surgery and reconstruction, typically using a minimally invasive approach. The revision procedure, much like the original shoulder reconstruction, will focus on the repair of the stretched or torn ligament. If necessary, Dr. Ticker will release the previously attached ligament and reattach it to the socket (glenoid) in order to properly “tighten” the ligament and restore normal shoulder anatomy.
Arthroscopic Revision Shoulder Surgery and Reconstruction Recovery and Rehabilitation
The repaired arm will be placed in a sling for approximately 4-6 weeks following arthroscopic revision shoulder surgery and reconstruction in order to facilitate healing. Dr. Ticker will prescribe a pain medication that may be used to help control pain. The usage of ice packs is strongly encouraged to help reduce the level of swelling immediately following surgery. Dr. Ticker and his orthopedic team will prescribe a physical therapy rehabilitation program that must be strictly followed after the procedure.
Arthroscopic Revision Shoulder Surgery and Reconstruction Recovery Time
Recovery time following surgery varies for each patient depending on cause of shoulder reconstruction failure, additional ligament damage and extent of surgical repairs performed by Dr. Ticker. Dr. Ticker and his orthopedic team will provide a detailed plan for a full return to athletic and normal activities to each patient prior to surgery.
If you have experienced a failed shoulder reconstruction and would like additional resources on arthroscopic revision shoulder surgery and reconstruction, please contact the Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC area orthopedic office of Dr. Jonathan Ticker.