Resilience Orthopedics Logo

Shoulder Surgery in San Jose

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery in San Jose

Dr. Pamela Metha, Shoulder Surgeon in San Jose

Dr. Mehta is an expert in treating all shoulder conditions. She specializes in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, which 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, explain the cause of your discomfort, and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to ease your shoulder pain.

Conservative treatments for shoulder pain can include anti-inflammatory medication, shoulder exercises, and physical therapy. However, if your shoulder pain is serious or your pain continues despite conservative treatment, Dr Mehta may offer a cortisone injection or shoulder surgery.

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery in San Jose

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery in San Jose

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

Arthroscopic 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

Arthroscopic 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.

Arthroscopic 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.

Arthroscopic 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.

Arthroscopic 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.

Arthroscopic Subacromial Bursectomy

Subacromial bursectomy is a treatment for shoulder bursitis, where 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.

What is a Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a form of shoulder surgery which allows Dr. Mehta to see inside your shoulder joint without having to make a big incision. 

Small incisions are made over your shoulder joint to allow the use of a camera and small surgical tools. A shoulder arthroscopy results in less pain, smaller scars, and a quicker recovery time than an open shoulder surgery.

Depending on the type of surgery that’s required, a shoulder arthroscopy can be performed in as little as an hour. To keep you comfortable and pain-free, Dr. Mehta may arrange for a nerve block to be performed during the surgery, which numbs the area for a short time after the procedure.

Diagram explaining shoulder arthroscopy procedure

What to Expect After Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

For most procedures involving shoulder arthroscopy, you will be able to return home after a few hours of monitoring post-procedure. 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, but 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 need to purchase following your procedure to make life easier while your shoulder is in a sling. This might include special bras, shirts, or pillows to make you more comfortable while recovering.

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery recovery time will depend on the type of surgery that has been performed. For simple procedures, you might be back to normal after 4-6 weeks – though for more significant procedures it may take months. 

Dr. Mehta will recommend exercises which you should do regularly for several weeks after your surgery, as well as arranging for physical therapy if appropriate.

Dr. Mehta provides concierge orthopedic care and will arrange for follow up visits with her at Resilience Orthopedics, as well as calling you to check up on you during your recovery.