Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD
The Best Shoulder Surgeon in San Jose
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Dr. Mehta is an expert in treating all shoulder conditions. She specializes in arthroscopic shoulder surgery. This leaves a smaller scar and has a quicker recovery time compared to open shoulder surgery.
When you first visit Dr. Mehta, she will examine your shoulder. She can then explain the likely cause of your discomfort, and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
Conservative treatments for shoulder pain can include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Shoulder exercises
- Physical therapy
- Joint injections
If your pain continues despite conservative treatment, Dr. Mehta may offer shoulder surgery.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Dr. Mehta performs minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair your shoulder condition. Types of shoulder surgery she can offer include:
Subacromial decompression is a treatment for shoulder impingement. The narrowing in your subacromial space is expanded to prevent pinching of your rotator cuff tendon. If you have a bone spur on your acromion, this will also be removed during the surgery. This is done through two or three small incisions with the assistance of a camera.
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator cuff repair is a surgery for rotator cuff tear. If you have a complete tear, Dr. Mehta will re-attach the tendon of your rotator cuff to the humerus (long bone of the upper arm). If you only have a partial tear, but one that is not responding to conservative treatment, she may be able to perform a smaller procedure called a debridement.
Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
Shoulder labral repair and debridement is a surgery for a torn labrum – a type of cartilage in your shoulder joint. Depending on where the tear is and if it is partial or complete, Dr. Mehta will either reattach or just trim (known as debridement) the damaged area.
Acromioclavicular Joint Separation Surgery
AC joint separation surgery is a treatment for shoulder separation. Depending on severity and how recent the injury was this can be done via arthroscopy or open surgery. Dr. Mehta will stabilize your shoulder by reconstructing the AC (collarbone) ligaments.
Biceps Tendon Tear Repair and Reconstruction
For a biceps tendon tear that occurs at the shoulder (proximal biceps tendon rupture), Dr. Mehta will either need to rack the tendon down at the proximal humerus or completely reconstruct it using a tissue graft. This depends on how long ago your tendon was injured.
Subacromial bursectomy is a treatment for shoulder bursitis. This is reserved for when the inflamed bursa is not improving with other treatments. If you are suffering from shoulder impingement, Dr. Mehta may opt to perform a subacromial decompression at the same time.
Be careful with the exercises you take part in after shoulder bursitis surgery – you can read about which exercises to do and avoid here.
What is a Shoulder Arthroscopy?
What to Expect After Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
For most arthroscopic procedures you will be able to return home after a few hours of monitoring. You will receive care instructions for your shoulder dressing and will most likely need to wear a shoulder sling or immobilizer.
You can expect some pain and discomfort in the few days and weeks following your procedure. Dr. Mehta will arrange for appropriate pain relief and advise you on how to stay comfortable.
You will have two or three small scars over your shoulder following this procedure. There are a few things you may want to buy to make life easier while your shoulder is in a sling. This might include products designed for shoulder surgery including:
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery recovery time will depend on the type of surgery. For simple procedures, you might be back to normal after 4-6 weeks. For more significant procedures it may take months.
Dr. Mehta will recommend exercises that you should do regularly for several weeks after your surgery. She will also arrange for physical therapy if appropriate.
Dr. Mehta provides concierge orthopedic care and will arrange for follow-up visits. She will also call you to check up on you during your recovery.
What Shoulder Services Do We Offer?
Treatment of Shoulder Conditions
And Many More!
Dr. Mehta offers diagnosis and treatment of all shoulder conditions and can offer her specialist opinion as an expert shoulder doctor.