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Shoulder Surgery

Christopher Potts, M.D. -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Christopher Potts, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA & Alpharetta, GA

If you sustain a shoulder injury or have a chronic musculoskeletal condition that requires surgical intervention, Christopher Potts, MD, can help. Dr. Potts is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who offers arthroscopic and traditional shoulder surgery in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia. If you suffer from shoulder pain that hasn’t responded to conservative treatments, call to schedule a consultation or book online to learn more about your options.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

When would I need shoulder surgery?

Your shoulder is a complex ball-and-socket joint made up of a number of bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments, which all work together to make shoulder movements possible.

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, but this flexibility also makes your shoulder more susceptible to injury and instability. When any of these components becomes overworked, unstable, or fractured, you may need shoulder surgery.

In many instances, Dr. Potts first prescribes nonsurgical treatments and therapies to repair your shoulder. However, if pain and immobility continue, shoulder surgery may be necessary. Some of the most common shoulder procedures performed by Dr. Potts include: 

These procedures address an array of injuries and conditions that affect the mobility of your shoulder. You will work with Dr. Potts to select the right surgery for your needs.

 

What happens during shoulder surgery?

Dr. Potts performs arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, as well as traditional shoulder surgery. The type of surgery you have will depend on the extent of your injury.

During arthroscopic surgery, he inserts a tiny camera (called an arthroscope) through a small incision in your shoulder. He then inserts surgical tools through other small incisions and performs the shoulder surgery while viewing video from the arthroscope. This type of surgery is less invasive than open shoulder surgery.

With traditional surgery, Dr. Potts makes a larger incision during your procedure. This option may be preferable for procedures that address shoulder replacements or severe fractures. 

If you suffer from shoulder pain or restricted range of motion, Dr. Potts can diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of orthopedic treatment, both surgical and nonsurgical. Call today to schedule an exam or book it online.