Shoulder Surgery

The most experienced shoulder surgery team in the area


At Aurora BayCare, we perform 25 times more shoulder replacement surgeries than the national average.

More experience means better results, hands down…or should we say arms up?

Before we recommend surgery, we try to treat your shoulder injury with conservative options like medication and therapy. But if you have chronic shoulder pain that is not responding to other treatment, we offer the most experienced shoulder surgery team in the area.

With the exception of shoulder replacements, most shoulder surgeries are performed arthroscopically.  These minimally invasive procedures reduce pain and improve recovery time versus traditional open shoulder surgery. Watch Jake's complete journey and other real orthopedic stories from people in your community here. 

Shoulder Instability Surgery

Shoulders are the number one most frequently dislocated joints, but repeated shoulder dislocation may indicate instability. Surgery may be required to repair torn or stretched ligaments.  The shoulder scope is a minimally invasive procedure to stabilize the shoulder joint.  Three common shoulder instability surgeries include:

  • Bankart Repair: Torn tissue, degenerative tissue, and bone spurs are removed. Torn ligaments are then reattached to the bone with suture anchors.
  • Capsular Shift:  When the joint capsule is too large, it is decreased and tightened.
  • Latarjet: This is a newer procedure for treating shoulder instability due to bone loss at the front of the socket. In this procedure, the injured bone is reconstructed using a bone graft.  

Total Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement surgery can help relieve pain associated with shoulder osteoarthritis.  During shoulder surgery, a surgeon replaces part of the upper arm bone and shoulder blade with a ball and socket prosthesis.

According to the AAOS, the average orthopedic surgeon performs just three shoulder replacements per year.  At Aurora BayCare, we do more than double that volume each month.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Reverse total shoulder replacement, using a reverse ball-and-socket prosthesis, is a relatively new procedure for patients with severe shoulder damage. Reverse total shoulder surgery may be considered if you have arthritis in the joint (along with extensive muscle and tendon tears) or if a previous shoulder replacement has been unsuccessful.

Aurora BayCare is the only provider in Northeast Wisconsin offering reverse total shoulder replacement.

Rotator Cuff Repair

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. At Aurora BayCare, we offer arthroscopic rotator cuff repair—a more recent advancement in treating rotator cuff tears. A tiny camera is inserted through a small incision near the shoulder joint.  Using tiny instruments, the orthopedic surgeon repairs the tears through another small incision near the joint.

Not all rotator cuff tears can be treated arthroscopically.  For the more difficult tears, traditional open surgery is recommended.

Impingement Surgery

If your shoulder bursitis (also called impingement syndrome) cannot be cured with non-surgical treatments, it may be resolved using a procedure called arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Your orthopedic surgeon will remove the inflamed bursa and some bone from the damaged area around the rotator cuff tendons.  This creates more space for the tendons and, as a result, inflammation often subsides.

AC Joint Reconstruction

If your AC joint (acromioclavicular joint) remains painful after 3 to 6 months of conservative treatment, surgery may be necessary to improve function and comfort.  Surgery for AC joint injuries may involve removing the end of the clavicle or restoring its position. Depending on your condition, this procedure may be performed arthroscopically or using a traditional open procedure.

Biceps Tendon Repair

Bicep tendonitis is a painful inflammation of the tendon connecting the bicep muscle to the shoulder.  Biceps tendon repair may be performed as an isolated procedure, but more often is part of a larger shoulder surgery, such as rotator cuff repair.  During surgery, the biceps tendon is detached from the shoulder joint and reattached to the humerus (arm bone). The goal of this procedure is to prevent further problems by keeping the damaged tendon from further irritating the joint.

Shoulder Fracture Repair

There are three primary types of shoulder fractures: clavicle (broken collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humeral (upper arm bone).

Many shoulder fractures can be repaired non-surgically with immobilization, medication, and rest.  Arthroscopy and traditional open surgical methods may also be used depending on the nature and severity of a shoulder fracture, and whether the bone has moved. Your activity level, and whether your break is associated with your dominant hand, may be factored into treatment choice.

Aurora BayCare Orthopedic Minute

Dr. Shawn Hennigan shares the importance of utilizing a shoulder specialist

Medical Fitness_right rail

Medical Fitness

Aurora BayCare Urgent Care cuts to concussions

Urgent Care Plus

Related Services