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Exploring Surgery for: Shoulder

At New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), we understand how difficult it can be to struggle with shoulder problems. Our care team, including our shoulder specialists, has the focused expertise to treat your pain, improve your mobility and return you to the activities you love.

Shoulder.jpgAs a rule, we try to avoid surgery to treat shoulder pain. Common non-surgical options include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, platelet-enriched plasma (PRP) injections and home exercise programs.

However, sometimes shoulder surgery is the best option for relieving pain and/or restoring function. If you and your doctor decide to proceed with surgery, you can take comfort in knowing NEBH performs more orthopedic surgical procedures than any other New England hospital. We also conduct a high volume of shoulder replacements each year.

Furthermore, NEBH shoulder experts always stay on top of the latest surgical innovations. Our doctors were among the first in New England to perform reverse shoulder replacement and shoulder resurfacing, two alternatives to traditional shoulder replacement surgery.

Coming to NEBH for Shoulder Surgery

Our years of orthopedic experience have allowed us to fine-tune our process before, during and after shoulder surgery to ensure the best possible experience and long-term results for you.

Reducing Your Risk Before Shoulder Surgery

We've designed our preoperative screening process so that your entire treatment team — surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and operating room staff — knows your specific treatment plan and surgical needs.

Prior to surgery, we'll take a close look at your health history. This includes factors that may impact your experience during surgery and recovery (e.g. cardiovascular health, diabetes, smoking, weight).

If we identify any risk factors, we can call on the expertise of NEBH Department of Medicine specialty physicians. Cardiologistshematologists, endocrinologists and others are available to assist with preoperative planning as appropriate. You'll also be screened and treated for infections that could complicate your surgery and recovery.

All of these steps are geared toward managing your risk, producing the best results and getting you back to your life as soon as possible.

During Your Surgery

We know you're concerned about pain during shoulder surgery. So our anesthesiologists are dedicated to addressing the unique needs of orthopedic patients. The form of anesthesia chosen will depend on the type of surgery to be performed, risk factors and your preferences. 

Following Your Surgery

After surgery, your care team will monitor and treat your pain in consultation with pain management physicians. Except for shoulder replacement surgery, which requires a one or two-night stay, your shoulder surgery is not likely to require an overnight stay at NEBH.

Whether you're with us for a few hours or a few days, we'll make your stay as pleasant as possible. We're proud to say that NEBH has consistently ranked as a top performer in patient satisfaction. In fact, we've received the Press Ganey Summit Award (one of the healthcare industry's most coveted symbols of achievement in patient satisfaction) each year since 2007.

Occupational and physical therapy can help restore your ability to perform routine daily activities following shoulder surgery. Our occupational therapists will work with you on overcoming the many challenges that come with having your arm in a sling, from making meals to taking a shower.

Patient Safety Really Matters Here

At NEBH, patient safety is ingrained in our history and our culture. Among the many measures we've instituted to boost safety, these are particularly important if you're undergoing shoulder surgery:

  • The NEBH methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) protocol, designed to prevent a dangerous type of staph infection, has been adopted industry-wide.
  • Each of our 16 operating rooms on the main campus has an advanced air-filtration system to eliminate airborne contaminants. Thanks to safety-focused practices like these, NEBH has the lowest readmission rate for discharged orthopedic patients in Massachusetts.

Click here to consult with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons, or call NEBH at 855-370-NEBH (6324) for a referral.