If you suffer from decreased functionality in your shoulder due to injury, damage, or the wear and tear of aging, Dr. Brad Carofino, a board-certified shoulder surgeon, offers solutions to diagnose and treat your shoulder pain. Located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Carofino and his experienced medical team offer a wide range of surgeries, including rotator cuff repair, joint reconstruction, reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, and total shoulder replacement surgery. To learn more about his expertise in shoulder surgeries, contact the office by phone or use the online booking feature.
Shoulder surgery can treat a range of conditions. If you have pain, lack of functionality, or limited range of motion in your shoulder due to injury, disease, damage, or use-related wear and tear, Dr. Carofino may recommend a specific surgery to restore your shoulder function and alleviate chronic pain.
If you’re experiencing ongoing shoulder pain that lasts several weeks, consult with Dr. Carofino for an accurate diagnosis. He uses the latest advancements in diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your pain then creates a customized treatment plan.
Shoulder surgery is typically not the first course of treatment Dr. Carofino suggests. He typically recommends a trial of non-operative treatments, such as injections, physical therapy, and medications.
If nonsurgical therapies don’t make a difference in your level of pain or worsen your symptoms, Dr. Carofino may recommend surgery.
During your initial visit, Dr. Carofino reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. He may request additional testing to confirm your diagnosis.
Dr. Carofino may use imaging tests like CT scans, X-rays, and an MRI to get a closer look at your shoulder area and determine the best course of treatment.
Dr. Carofino frequently uses minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to treat and repair a variety of shoulder conditions. Arthroscopic surgery uses a small camera attached to a thin tube that he inserts into small incisions in the shoulder area. Small surgical instruments allow Dr. Carofino to use precise surgical techniques to repair the damage.
Arthroscopic surgery is beneficial because it offers effective results with a faster recovery time. Dr. Carofino uses minimally invasive surgery for procedures like a labrum repair and rotator cuff tears.
For complex shoulder surgeries, Dr. Carofino also performs open surgical procedures, such as the Latarjet procedure for repairing chronic shoulder instability.
Dr. Carofino performs both types of surgery while you are under anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Healing times vary depending on the nature of your injury and the type of surgery he performs.
To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today for your Virginia Beach Shoulder Surgeon.