In mild to moderate injuries, computer-assistance detection, and repair of shoulder issues prove to be the best approach. Using an arthroscope camera, Torrance shoulder surgeon Dr. Mellano places minimal incisions. The camera is as thin as a pencil, thereby reducing tissue trauma during the procedure.
Infrared trackers give the robotic arthroscope an exceptional level of accuracy when performing routine shoulder repairs and reconstruction procedures. Dr. Mellano operates the arthroscope device from a nearby computer screen that magnifies the image of your joint with exacting precision and clarity. Shoulder repairs are made, then the lighted camera is removed and the wound stitched closed. At Mellano Orthopedics in Manhattan Beach and Torrance shoulder surgery can be performed for a variety of reasons, including:
Accidents or injury can result in a dislocated shoulder joint — a painful condition in which part of the shoulder joint pops out of place. It specifically affects the head of the humerus (upper arm) bone that has been forced out of its socket. It’s important to treat a shoulder dislocation promptly to avoid future shoulder instability and worsening of the dislocated bone.
Either nonsurgical or surgical treatments may be recommended. While surgery is not always necessary, at Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance shoulder dislocation surgery is offered to realign the shoulder joint, it may be advised in serious cases. Dr. Mellano carefully evaluates a patient’s age, activity level, damage to surrounding ligaments and tendons, as well as the direction of the dislocation to create a customized treatment plan that is as minimally invasive as possible.
Rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder injury that results from shoulder injuries and overusing the shoulder during repetitive tasks. Your Torrance rotator cuff repair procedure is customized to your individual needs. Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff often involves reattaching the tendons in the shoulder to the head of the upper arm bone (humerus). Partial rotator cuff tears may only need to be trimmed and smoothed with a rotator cuff debridement procedure. Dr. Mellano is a Torrance rotator cuff surgeon that routinely performs rotator cuff repairs. He strives to provide you with the best rotator cuff repair Torrance has to offer. He is also committed to helping patients regain full use of the shoulders so that they can feel stronger, have less pain, and experience improved mobility following the procedure.
Also known as “swimmer’s shoulder”, an impinged shoulder is caused by shoulder tendons rubbing against the shoulder blade repeatedly. While common among swimmers, many activities that involve repetitive stress on the connective tissue in the shoulder can lead to this painful condition.
In fact, as many as 200,000 cases of swimmer’s shoulder are reported every year in the United States. Aging may also increase the risk of rotator cuff impingement, as can traumatic injuries that affect the shoulder. Not all cases of swimmer’s shoulder require surgery. In many situations, your Torrance orthopedic surgeon can treat swimmer’s shoulder with less invasive means. However, in some cases, a severely impinged shoulder requires surgery in order to perform the necessary repairs. The surgery creates more room around the tendons in the shoulder to alleviate rubbing on the scapula. This is known as subacromial decompression (SAD). Bony growths, if present, are also removed during the procedure. After surgery, patients enjoy long-term relief from a pinched shoulder.
Partial, total, and reverse shoulder replacement surgery helps patients that have severe shoulder arthritis, irreparable rotator cuff repairs, or a combination of both. A sudden, complex injury or late-stage arthritis are the two most common reasons for undergoing a shoulder replacement procedure. No matter your age or activity level, Dr. Mellano strives to provide his patients with the best shoulder replacement surgery Torrance has to offer, with same-day shoulder replacements that limit time spent in the hospital.
Chris Mellano, MD is an expert shoulder repair specialist serving patients from youth to adulthood that are experiencing shoulder pain, pinched tendons, fractured joints, and arthritis. As a board-certified orthopedic shoulder surgeon with 11 years of experience, he is passionate about helping patients get the most out of life by repairing physical problems of the bones and joints that may occur throughout life. Dr. Mellano delivers a world-class experience from the initial visit to full recovery, ensuring each patient receives an unparalleled level of care and communication.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.