Shoulder Surgery Options
Dr. Davidson uses the most current techniques to repair, reconstruct and resurface damaged shoulders as needed. Patients come to Dr. Davidson for treatment of both shoulder injuries and shoulder “wear and tear.” He has designed many of the techniques and implants used to repair shoulder conditions. Many patients are able to resume an active lifestyle after shoulder treatments. Similar to his philosophy regarding knee surgery, there is an ever-increasing array of procedures and techniques that can help active adults recover from their shoulder pain and dysfunction.
Shoulder Resurfacing When the shoulder joint is damaged or arthritic, it is often possible to restore function by resurfacing, rather than replacing it. There are both inlay and onlay resurfacing devices for the shoulder that allow patients to regain activity while avoiding a total shoulder replacement. Dr. Davidson has been a pioneer and recognized leader in the field of Shoulder Resurfacing, having literally travelled around the world teaching these techniques and demonstrating these procedures to his peers. He has been performing shoulder resurfacing for more than 15 years. The advantage of these less invasive and tissue sparing procedures is that patients can return to vigorous activities, whereas following a tradition Total Shoulder, activities are permanently limited.
Rotator Cuff Repair The rotator cuff are a crucial group of muscles and tendons deep in the shoulder. When torn or damaged it leads to marked pain, often worse at night, and weakness. Initially non-surgical techniques may be employed, but often surgery is necessary to “decompress” or repair the cuff. Dr. Davidson uses the most current arthroscopic and open techniques to conduct repairs. Stem cell augmentation can be utilized to enhance repair of the shoulder.
Shoulder Instability/Dislocation Repair Once the shoulder “comes out of the socket” it is generally an ongoing problem. Surgery is typically performed arthroscopically to restore stability and strength to the injured shoulder. Waiting to have the shoulder stability fixed can often lead to progressive arthritic changes.
Acromioclavicular (AC separation) Repair A “shoulder separation” entails damage to the AC joint, on top of the shoulder. Historically surgery was relatively ineffective in restoring this joint. Using the most current techniques, stability can be regained in this important joint and pain relieved. Dr. Davidson has been instrumental in designing a new technique and surgical implant that has been recognized as safer, and more effective than what has previously been available.
Shoulder and Clavicle Fracture Repair Dr. Davidson is highly experienced at repairing fractures around the clavicle. He uses his dedicated shoulder surgery expertise to treat not only the fracture, but also address any and all associated soft tissue damage. Frequently fractures around the shoulder are accompanied by injuries to the soft tissue, and only by addressing the injury comprehensively is optimum outcome achieved.
Biceps Repair The biceps tendon is frequently affected by inflammation and tearing. By using both arthroscopic and open surgical techniques, this can effectively be treated, restoring function and decreasing shoulder pain.
SLAP and Labral Repair The shoulder socket (glenoid) is surrounded by a thick fibrous ring (labrum or lip). When the labrum tears it creates pain, weakness and often clicking. If this occurs on the top part of the shoulder, it is called a “SLAP Tear.” This is treated by arthroscopic repair. Dr. Davidson was one of the first scientific investigators to describe the variable anatomy of this part of the body and use this information to guide appropriate repair.