Elbow & Shoulder Surgery

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle (OSS) physicians see and treat patients who suffer from a variety of shoulder and elbow problems, including shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, and more.

Sonocur by Sonorex

Shoulder and Elbow SurgeryWe are the only clinic in Western Washington that offers Sonocur by Sonorex, an ultrasonic shockwave therapy treatment for tendonitis. In addition, OSS physician, Joel Shapiro, MD, has a special emphasis on shoulder and elbow issues.

Dr. Shapiro performs over 300 shoulder procedures per year, including many shoulder arthroscopies.

OSS physician Wayne Weil, MD, provides care for conditions of the hands and upper extremities, including the new endoscopic cubital tunnel procedure to treat nerve compression at the elbow.

What are the types of shoulder surgeries?

Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is a type of shoulder surgery that allows the surgeon to insert a small device inside the joint structure through a small incision to look inside. The images inside the shoulder joint can be viewed on a TV monitor that allows our orthopedic specialists to make a correct diagnosis.

The surgeon can also insert small instruments inside the joint to make necessary repairs. Arthroscopy can usually be performed on an outpatient basis. The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that there are around 1.4 million shoulder arthroscopies done worldwide every year.

Open Surgery
Open shoulder surgery may be needed for some cases where there is an extensive injury or if the structures inside the joint are severely damaged. This surgery can be done with a few small incisions. For some injuries, open surgery is associated with better results than arthroscopy.

Open surgery technique uses larger incisions than arthroscopy to allow the surgeon to mobilize retracted tissues. Our orthopedic specialists will recommend the procedure that is best for you.

Elbow Surgery

Elbow arthroscopy has recently become useful in a procedure treating cubital tunnel syndrome, or ulnar nerve compression. It is also used for other conditions such as tennis elbow, post traumatic contracture releases, arthritis and loose body removal.

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