Shoulder Replacement Surgery Performed by a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Lafayette, LA
A shoulder replacement (arthroplasty) is an elective procedure – how do you know if you’re ready? Because each patient is different, there is no single answer to this question. The best way to decide is to work with a trusted shoulder specialist who can make personalized recommendations based on your unique needs. Many patients from Lafayette, Crowley, Kaplan, and other Louisiana cities work with Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices in Lafayette.
Reasons to consider shoulder arthroplasty
In general, shoulder replacement surgery may be appropriate if you are experiencing severe joint pain that makes it difficult for you to use your arm. The underlying cause could be:
- Severe arthritis
- A torn or damaged rotator cuff that is not repairable
- A shoulder fracture
The main goals of shoulder replacement surgery, which are to relieve pain and restore function, can often be achieved with conservative therapy. Therefore, after evaluating your symptoms, discussing your preferences, and examining your painful shoulder, Dr. Vizzi may advise you to try nonsurgical treatment, such as rest, ice applications, physical therapy, and medications. If this approach proves to be sufficient, you may not need to consider surgery.
On the other hand, if your discomfort seems to be getting worse instead of better, you may decide to move forward with a surgical procedure. Dr. Vizzi will fully explain the surgery recommended for you and answer any questions you may have. In general, when performing a shoulder replacement, Dr. Vizzi utilizes advanced surgical techniques to remove worn-out cartilage and insert a highly polished metal implant and medical-grade plastic (polyethylene) spacer in its place. As an experienced orthopedic specialist, he has mastered the intricacies of shoulder arthroplasty and continually updates his knowledge and skills with the latest techniques.
Dr. Vizzi takes a personalized approach to shoulder replacement and he can help you make educated treatment decision. If you would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Vizzi at his office in Lafayette, LA, contact us today.