Sports Medicine Surgery for the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand
If you have a sports injury or other orthopedic condition affecting your hands or upper extremities, you may have tried medications, injections or physical therapy to relieve your pain. If these measures have not provided sufficient relief, you may need a surgical procedure.
Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgery for the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand
At Memorial Sports Medicine Center, you’ll find:
- Experienced team: Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons have additional fellowship training in specialties such as sports medicine and orthopedic trauma.
- Precise diagnosis: We use advanced imaging technologies to help diagnose injuries and conditions and guide your treatment. We offer X-ray and mini-fluoroscopy (live X-ray, like a video) right in our office. Other imaging such as MRI and CT is available through Memorial Healthcare System.
- Surgical expertise: We find the right surgical procedure for your needs. We often perform arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure, which uses small incisions and miniature instruments. For more complex injuries or conditions affecting the upper limbs, we may use open surgery, which uses a large incision.
- Outpatient procedures: Our orthopedic surgeons perform many procedures on an outpatient basis so you can go home the same day.
- Comprehensive services: As part of your treatment plan, you receive rehabilitation and physical therapy to help you recover quickly and get back to the activities you love.
Our surgeons have extensive expertise in minimally invasive and open surgical procedures, including:
Our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons specialize in procedures to treat all types of shoulder injuries and conditions. We have particular experience in treating complex shoulder injuries.
Shoulder procedures we offer include:
- Shoulder arthroscopy: The surgeon uses an arthroscope (thin instrument with a tiny camera) to display images of the inside of the joint. Using miniature instruments, the surgeon treats a variety of shoulder conditions.
- Rotator cuff repair: Surgeons reattach shoulder tendons to the top of the humerus (upper arm bone) using an arthroscopic procedure whenever possible, or open surgery if necessary.
- Labrum repair: The labrum is a ring of cartilage lining the rim of the shoulder socket that stabilizes the head of the humerus. Tears in this cartilage are called labral tears. Surgeons repair tears using arthroscopic techniques to either remove the torn cartilage fragments or reattach them with suture anchors.
- Surgery for shoulder instability: Having repeated shoulder dislocations weakens and loosens shoulder ligaments, tendons and muscles and can lead to labral tearing, gradual bone loss and worsening shoulder instability. Surgeons can repair torn or stretched ligaments, tendons and muscles using a minimally invasive procedure.
- Surgery for arthritis: Surgeons use arthroscopy to help relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness caused by arthritis in the shoulder joint. The procedure removes cartilage fragments inside the joint. For more severe arthritis, we offer shoulder replacement surgery to replace the worn-out shoulder joint.
- Fracture repair: For fractures of the collarbone (clavicle) or proximal humerus (upper end of arm bone), you may need surgery to reposition and connect the pieces of bone for proper healing. You may need screws, rods or other hardware to hold the bone pieces in place.
Arm and elbow surgery
Our orthopedic surgeons repair injuries and treat conditions that affect the arm and elbow joint, using procedures such as:
- Elbow arthroscopy: If you have an elbow injury or condition that hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatment, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery may be the right treatment option for you.
- Tendon repair: Several tendons attach upper arm muscles (the biceps and triceps) to the shoulder and elbow. For tendon tears at the elbow, surgeons perform either arthroscopy or open surgery to reattach the tendons.
- Fracture repair: For bone fractures in the elbow joint, you may need surgery to align and reconnect the pieces of bone for proper healing. You may need screws, rods or other hardware to hold the bone pieces in place. Learn more about elbow fracture open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF).
- Surgery for baseball, golfer’s or tennis elbow: Our surgeons use arthroscopic methods when possible to repair or release elbow tendons. Often, however, these conditions require open surgery to access the elbow joint and tendons.
Wrist and hand surgery
Procedures we perform on the hand and wrist include:
- Arthroscopy: Used mainly in the wrist, this surgery can treat a wide variety of sports injuries or chronic conditions.
- Fracture repair: You may need surgery to realign and connect the pieces of bone to help fractures in the wrist joint or hand heal properly. The surgeon may use screws, rods or other hardware to hold the bone pieces in place.
- Carpal tunnel release: Our surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures to relieve pressure on a nerve that causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Tendon and ligament repair: We use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to reattach torn tendons and ligaments caused by sports injuries.
Learn more about the hand, wrist & shoulder injuries and conditions we treat.
Orthopedic Surgery for Joint Replacement
Joint replacement can relieve symptoms such as pain, swelling and reduced range of motion from arthritis or an injury. At Memorial, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience in sophisticated techniques for joint replacement. Read about our joint replacement procedures and services.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about sports medicine at Memorial, call 954-265-8326.