Shoulder Surgery

Ryan Taylor, MD

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Lehi, UT & Orem, UT

At Ryan Taylor, MD, with an office in Orem and two in Lehi, Utah, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Taylor, offers the latest shoulder surgery techniques to repair or replace damaged shoulder joints. Dr. Taylor offers both minimally invasive and open surgeries, focusing your treatment plan on relieving pain and improving the function of your shoulder. If you need relief from chronic shoulder pain, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Taylor online or by phone at the office nearest you.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

Why would I need surgery?

Your shoulder is a complex joint made up of ligaments, bone, and muscles that give you the ability to raise your hand, throw a ball, and reach behind your back. 

Overuse of these structures, trauma, or chronic disease can interfere with your range of motion and even result in chronic pain that reduces your quality of life.

When you have ongoing shoulder pain or limited range of motion in the shoulder joint that isn’t relieved with conservative treatment, you could be a candidate for shoulder surgery. 

Dr. Taylor could also recommend surgery if you have progressive joint damage and deformities due to a sports injury or from conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder dislocation or instability

After a comprehensive evaluation of your medical history and current health, Dr. Taylor can determine if shoulder surgery is the best treatment for relieving your pain and disability.

What can I expect during shoulder surgery?

Depending on the type of injury and the extent of damage in your shoulder joint, Dr. Taylor can determine if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive or open surgery.

Minimally invasive shoulder surgery, called arthroscopy, has several advantages over open surgery. This technique requires only small incisions to access and make repairs to the shoulder joint. 

During arthroscopy, Dr. Taylor makes several incisions around the shoulder and inserts an arthroscope, a slender instrument with an attached camera. The camera sends images of your shoulder structure to a monitor. 

Dr. Taylor watches the monitor as he makes necessary repairs to the joint or tissues. He can also use arthroscopy for shoulder replacement, using small incisions and specialized instruments to remove part or all of the shoulder joint and replace it with an artificial one.

Dr. Taylor is also highly skilled in performing reverse shoulder replacement surgeries when you have a rotator cuff that can be repaired or a severe fracture in the shoulder joint.

How long can I expect to be in recovery from shoulder surgery?

Everyone recovers differently from shoulder surgery. If you undergo minimally invasive surgery, you can expect to recover faster than if you have traditional surgery.

You can expect to limit your activities, including work, during your recovery. Dr. Taylor can tell you how much downtime you’ll need to recover fully. Returning to work or other activities too early can increase your risk of re-injuring your shoulder.

Within weeks of your procedure, Dr. Taylor gets you started on at-home exercises and physical therapy that focuses on restoring function in your shoulder and improving strength in the muscles that support your joint.

To find out more about should surgery options available at the office of Ryan Taylor, MD, schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor online or by phone.