Shoulder Surgery at Johnson City Medical Center

Skilled physicians are here to help you diagnose and treat your shoulder pain.

Sports injuries, trauma or even daily wear and tear can cause the bones, muscles and tendons in your shoulder to flare up.

We’re here to help.

Common shoulder conditions

  • SLAP tear – A superior labral anterior posterior (SLAP) lesion, also known as a SLAP tear, occurs when the cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint becomes torn.
  • Rotator cuff injury – The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. Injury to the rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder
  • Shoulder arthritis – Inflammation of the joint can occur in the shoulder and result in pain, swelling and even cartilage breakdown/
  • Impingement syndrome – Impingement occurs when muscles of the shoulder rub excessively against the bone.

Surgical services

Minimally invasive techniques are used to reduce pain and length of recovery for your shoulder injury.

We partner with only the best orthopedic surgeons in your area to ensure you receive personalized care specific to your needs, no matter the age.

Below is a brief overview of common surgical solutions we carry out on a daily basis.

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small camera allows the surgeon to see inside your joint. During the procedure, the surgeon will use small tools to repair the damaged cartilage within your joint.

This procedure makes diagnosis, treatment and recovery from surgery easier and faster.

Rotator cuff repair

If the rotator cuff is injured, it may need to be repaired surgically. This may include shaving off bone spurs that are pinching the shoulder, or repairing torn tendons or muscles in the shoulder.

Surgical techniques that may be used to repair a tear of the rotator cuff include arthroscopy, open surgery, reverse total shoulder replacement.

The goal of rotator cuff repair surgery is to restore the function and flexibility of the shoulder and to relieve the pain that cannot be controlled by other treatments.

Shoulder replacement

With a shoulder replacement, your surgeon may replace just the ball (partial replacement) or both the ball and the socket (total replacement).

Orthopedic surgeons can perform it as a minimally invasive surgery for candidates that qualify.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Your physician will evaluate you personally and seek to understand your goals and your history before recommending which procedure you should undergo.

For more information, call (423) 431-6937.

Our specialists

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Charles Barnes, MD  
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Robert J. DeTroye, MD  
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Bart McKinney, MD  
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Gregory L. Stewart, MD  
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Larry Waldrop II, MD  
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To see one of our shoulder specialists, call (423) 431-6937.