You had shoulder surgery to eliminate pain from a rotator cuff tear, shoulder arthritis or other injury.  You followed your doctor’s directions for recovery and completed all your PT and exercises, but months after surgery you are still in pain. Is this normal?

Unfortunately this is a familiar story, and one we’ve heard many times.  When patients go through surgery, recovery and rehabilitation they expect a return to their normal range of motion and a life without shoulder pain.  Many people just deal with the pain, but you don’t have to.  Pain after surgery should be addressed and can often be corrected.

If your surgery was unsuccessful your doctor will look for complications such as infection or a repair that did not heal correctly. It is possible the surgery was not performed in a way that addressed your specific shoulder injury, or the injury was not accurately diagnosed from the beginning.

Shoulder Revision Surgery

In some cases Dr. Goradia may suggest revision surgery to correct a failed surgery or rebalance tissue that might be causing an issue. Most shoulder revision surgeries Dr. Goradia performs are done arthroscopically which allows him to actually see more and is more comfortable for the patient than open surgery.

In arthroscopic surgery an arthroscope, a special camera designed for surgery with a long, narrow shaft, is placed through small incisions enabling Dr. Goradia to view the area with great detail. Specially designed tools are then used to perform the surgical procedure with less trauma to the soft tissues.

If you’ve had shoulder surgery and are still living with limited range of motion, pain or stiffness you may be a candidate for shoulder revision surgery. Dr. Goradia is nationally known shoulder and knee expert and can identify the source of your pain and the best treatment plan so you can live pain free.  He sees patients in his Glen Allen and Chester, VA office.