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Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery

Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery in New JerseyThe shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, and is easily injured due to its inherent instability. The femur, or upper arm bone, connects to the shoulder blade by snuggly fitting within the glenoid, a cavity located in the scapula that allows the femoral head to rotate freely. Lining the glenohumeral joint is a ring of cartilage called the labrum, which provides additional stability. If this cartilage is damaged, significant shoulder pain can arise, oftentimes leading to surgery.

Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder surgery was first performed in the United States in 1953 with great success, and has become one of the safest and most common surgeries being performed today. Surgeons have refined the procedure, as well, utilizing new techniques, such as arthroscopy and other minimally invasive procedures, to provide patients with the greatest amount of comfort possible.

Shoulder replacement surgery can be performed in a minimally invasive manner for both total shoulder replacement as well as partial shoulder replacement. Total shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the end of the femur with a new femoral head component. The glenoid is cleaned of any diseased bone or cartilage and capped with a concave component. Partial shoulder replacement, also known as hemi-replacement, requires only the replacement of the humeral head.

Indications for MIS Shoulder Surgery

The most common indication for minimally invasive shoulder replacement surgery is arthritic shoulder pain, or an injury that cannot be treated using noninvasive treatments like RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications. A series of x-rays and imaging tests can determine the severity of the injury or arthritic condition of the shoulder joint.

Orthopedic Excellence in New Jersey

Only an orthopedic surgeon can best determine when a patient is in need of a joint replacement, and whether they are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Fellowship-trained in sports medicine, Dr. Rieber has extensive experience using minimally invasive surgical procedures to get athletes back on the playing field as quickly and safely as possible. To learn more about Dr. Rieber, visit his biography page, or schedule an appointment at his Newark, New Jersey office or Springfield, New Jersey office. You don't have to live with joint pain; get the treatment you need today.

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