Revision Shoulder Surgery and Second Opinions


 

If you have been told you need surgery or have difficulty after prior shoulder surgery, you may benefit from scheduling a consultation with Dr. Thomas S. Obermeyer. As a leader in shoulder and revision surgery, he can help inform you about your options and provide his expert opinion. Schedule a consultation over the phone.


I have been treated for a shoulder condition. Should I seek out a second opinion?

Not every shoulder problem is straightforward and sometimes patients have complex or longstanding conditions, even if he or she has not had surgery. If you are confused or unsure how to proceed with treatment, it may be beneficial to schedule a consultation with Dr. Obermeyer.  Dr. Obermeyer will make certain you understand your diagnosis and treatment options, and the likelihood of success of each option.  Making a decision about your body can be challenging, and Dr. Obermeyer is available to help you make the correct one.

 

I have had shoulder surgery before.  Should I seek out a second opinion?

Although infrequent, problems can occur after shoulder surgery, regardless of whether you have had arthroscopic or open surgery.  Shoulder surgery can be highly technical and sometimes it may be beneficial to seek the consultation of a shoulder subspecialist who is aware of and able to treat the problems that can occur after prior shoulder surgery.  Dr. Obermeyer specializes in revision surgery and may be able to improve your problem, or at least educate you on what is wrong and what the options may be going forward.  Problems like infection, stiffness, and pain can sometimes be corrected; seeking a consultation by Dr. Obermeyer may be helpful to you.  

 

What are some of the options I might have if I have a problem after prior surgery?

The problems after prior shoulder surgery may be related to a soft tissue problem such as contracture and the treatment may be as simple as a structured exercise program.  Pain can be caused by many potential problems including infection, even if you have healed your surgical incisions.  Sometimes further surgery may be necessary to eradicate the infection.  If you have had prior shoulder replacement, there are new technologies for improving the function and symptoms of a failed shoulder replacement that also may require further surgery.  This may require further testing including labs and imaging scans, but Dr. Obermeyer will review in detail what the testing would entail and the options most appropriate for your specific case.  

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