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Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD
The Best Shoulder Surgeon in San Jose

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Shoulder Surgery We Offer in San Jose

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified shoulder surgeon and 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 surgery.

Dr Pamela Mehta Shoulder Surgeon

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.

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The Best Shoulder Surgeon in San Jose

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who can help you recover from your shoulder condition.

We can help if you:

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Mehta performs minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair your shoulder condition. Types of surgery she can offer include:

Subacromial Decompression

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.

Surgical tools for shoulder surgery in San Jose

Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff repair is a surgery for rotator cuff tear. If you have a complete tear, your shoulder surgeon 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, your shoulder surgeon will either reattach or just trim (known as debridement) the damaged area.

shoulder anatomy model with bones and muscles

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. The shoulder surgeon 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), a shoulder surgeon 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

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, your surgeon 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?

Diagram explaining shoulder arthroscopy procedure

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. Your shoulder surgeon will arrange for appropriate pain relief and advise you on how to stay comfortable.

man in black mesh sling

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 surgery including:

  • bras
  • shirts
  • pillows

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?

Shoulder Pain Assessment

Shoulder Pain is frustrating and can impact both your sleep and your mental health. Dr. Mehta is a shoulder doctor and can diagnose your pain, offering various surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Shoulder Surgery

If your shoulder condition is severe, or nothing you have tried has helped, Dr. Mehta can advise you on the options for surgery. She is a shoulder specialist and can offer expert opinion and care.

Treatment of Shoulder Conditions

Including

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder makes your shoulder stiff and can make movement painful.

Bicep Tendinitis

Bicep tendonitis causes pain in your upper arm and can lead to a bicep tendon tear.

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement makes it difficult to raise your arms above your head.

Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder bursitis gives you a tender shoulder and makes it difficult to sleep.

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator cuff tears can occur during sports and make overhead movements difficult.

Dislocated Shoulder

Shoulder dislocation causes a disformed and painful shoulder and can be recurrent.

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder separation is a sprain in the AC joint near your shoulder.

And Many More!

Dr. Mehta offers diagnosis and treatment of all shoulder conditions and can offer her specialist opinion as an expert shoulder doctor.

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