The shoulder and elbow specialists at the Orthopaedic Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System in Long Island, New York, are dedicated to treating shoulder and elbow injuries and conditions, including strained or injured tendons and ligaments, fractures, dislocations and damaged joints. Our specialists focus on, and often contribute to, the latest research and advances in their field.
Advanced Shoulder and Elbow Care
Our shoulder and elbow specialists devote their full time, attention and effort to providing patients with dedicated, personalized and effective treatment. Their advanced subspecialty training and years of experience allow them to offer each patient the best possible opportunities for recovery and return to normal activity.
The team of shoulder and elbow specialists at the Orthopaedic Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System includes highly trained, skilled and experienced surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and caring rehabilitation experts, using all the leading technologies available. We deliver comprehensive care, closely tailored to each person’s individual needs.
Advanced Shoulder and Elbow Surgeries and Procedures
The shoulder and elbow surgeons at the North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute are leaders in diagnosing and treating all types of shoulder and elbow injuries and conditions. They treat injuries both non-surgically and surgically, often utilizing arthroscopy and other minimally invasive techniques.
- Clavicle fracture fixation – Often, only a sling or brace is needed to allow healing of a fractured clavicle (collarbone). In some more severe cases, it is preferable to repair and reinforce the bone using a surgically placed metal plate, secured with special screws.
- Elbow arthroscopy – Arthroscopy is a technique for visual inspection of the inside of a joint. In elbow arthroscopy, a small tube carrying a tiny light and camera are carefully inserted into the elbow joint, with images appearing on a monitor screen for diagnosis and treatment.
- Fracture repair – Serious fractures of the elbow, upper arm and shoulder can be repaired surgically, using special metal plates, pins and screws to restore strength and stability.
- Labral repair – The labrum is a ring or cuff of cartilage that forms an important part of the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint. Injuries to the labrum can often be treated conservatively; in some cases, a surgical procedure may be needed to fully and permanently restore comfort and good functioning.
- Rotator cuff repair – The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint and allow you to rotate your arm. When damaged, the cuff can sometimes be repaired with medication and physical therapy; in other cases, surgery may be needed. Minimally invasive surgical techniques may be used in some such cases.
- Shoulder arthroscopy – It is now possible to inspect the inside of the shoulder joint using an arthroscope – a tiny camera mounted on a small tube, inserted into the joint. The arthroscope can also be used to guide surgical repair of the joint using similarly inserted instruments.
- Shoulder decompression – Shoulder decompression is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove or reduce inflamed tissue or abnormal bone growths within the shoulder joint, relieving pressure, easing discomfort and allowing more normal motion.
- Shoulder replacement – When a damaged shoulder has not responded adequately to medication, therapy or other treatments, shoulder replacement surgery may be an option: Damaged parts of the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial components, relieving pain and restoring more normal motion.
- SLAP repair – In a SLAP injury, the upper portion of the labrum (a ring of cartilage forming an important part of the shoulder joint) is torn or otherwise damaged – either gradually over time, or in an accident. In cases where medication and physical therapy have not been successful, surgical techniques (often minimally invasive) may be used.
- Tendon repair– In some cases, damage to tendons (tough, fibrous bands that attach muscles to bones) can be adequately relieved with medication and physical therapy. Occasionally, surgery may be needed to fully restore a tendon’s strength and function; such surgery can often be done using minimally invasive techniques.
The goal of the Rehabilitation Network of North Shore-LIJ Health System is to help you find pain relief and get moving again after an accident, illness, injury or surgery. We’re your partner in a safe, healthy, more rapid recovery.