Non-surgical and advanced arthroscopic procedures offer more options for shoulder repair and healing.
The shoulder is a very complex joint, says orthopedic surgeon M. Shaun Holt, M.D. “Shoulder tears and rotator cuff damage can be debilitating, but there is good news for patients who require surgery.
With world-class shoulder surgery techniques, we now have the ability to treat shoulder injuries that were that were once considered unrepairable.”
Only about 8 percent of shoulder pain patients end up needing surgery, says Dr. Holt, founder of All American Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute. “In the vast majority of cases, better shoulder mobility will not require surgery. When surgery is recommended, the advanced arthroscopic procedures we use make it far less daunting than ever.”
Using his specialty training in shoulder surgery and the most minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, Dr. Holt routinely restores damaged shoulders. This is experience not every orthopedic surgeon can offer.
“I frequently see patients who have been told that their shoulder tear or rotator cuff damage is too severe to be treated arthroscopically,” says Dr. Holt. “Yet we now have the ability to fix even large tears that were once considered unrepairable. With the new technology and surgical techniques available, there is no need to open a rotator cuff tear. Virtually every other injury of the shoulder can be treated with the same arthroscopic technology. I always welcome patients seeking a second opinion, and they are relieved to learn that what’s possible now is vastly different than it was in the past.”
Using small instruments and a TV monitor, Dr. Holt navigates the tiny spaces inside the shoulder cavity. “When used appropriately, arthroscopic techniques can achieve repairs more successfully than open surgery,” he explains. “The procedure time and recovery time from the less invasive arthroscopic surgery is shorter.”
Dr. Holt serves as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at CHRISTUS St. John Hospital, and also works at Houston Physicians Hospital on Texas Avenue. He serves on the board of directors at that hospital as well. His colleagues at All American Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute Kenneth R. First, M.D. and Javier A. Rios, M.D. Dr. First, in practice in the Houston area for 18 years, specializes in lower-extremity surgery. Dr. Rios is specialty trained in non-surgical treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions.
To schedule a consultation with one of the doctors at All American Orthopaedic, call 281.335.1111 or visit www.allamericanorthopaedic.com.
All American Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute
1100 Hercules, Ste. 100
Houston, Texas 77058
Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Holt’s convenient office on Hercules/Medical Center Blvd. can help patients avoid trips to the Texas Medical Center downtown for world-class shoulder surgery and specialty care.
Before establishing his practice, Dr. Holt completed one of the most competitive and comprehensive sports medicine fellowships in the country. Under the guidance of Jackson, Miss. surgeon Dr. Felix Savoie III, he advanced his skills in arthroscopic shoulders and elbow techniques. This training and the volume of arthroscopic procedures he performs contribute to the high rate of success he and his team are able to achieve.