skip navigation
ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL • COLUMBUS, NC

WEEKEND VISITORS use Emergency Department Entrance at the rear of the hospital. Learn More
PAPERLESS BILL PAY NOTIFICATION Learn More




Join Our Team





A teammate at St. Luke’s is much more than an employee. You’ll be working as part of a team to provide the highest patient experience found in the region. It means impacting lives of those who need your care, and their families. When you join the St. Luke’s team, you commit to providing the highest level of diligence, compassion, and attention at every impact point. To become a member of one of the highest rated healthcare institutions in the region, apply online now!











Through MyChart, you can immediately and securely access your digital healthcare records through a desktop or a smartphone app. That access includes current health issues and upcoming appointments, prompt notification of test results, medication, and instructions for taking each medication. You can instantly review your allergy list and immunization history, physical exams, and preventive care procedures. MyChart makes it easy to record day-to-day blood pressure, weight, and steps, by linking personal devices and apps such as Fitbit and Apple Health.
| | Text Size: -A | A | A+

St. Luke's Shoulder Surgery

Restoring Your Quality of Life



The Human Shoulder

The shoulder is a complex assembly of bones, joints, and muscles providing the greatest range of motion of any joint in the human body. A collection of muscles and tendons stabilize the three joints of the shoulder while providing the ability for movement.

Most shoulder issues are relieved with rest, physical therapy, medications, injections, and other conservative treatments. Surgery may be necessary when shoulder conditions do not improve after nonsurgical treatment. Shoulder surgery repairs injuries and diseased shoulder joints, relieves pain, and restores function.

Long-term relief is possible through surgery, enabling you to return to doing what you love.

Unresolved shoulder pain reduces the quality of life. Patients often regain range of motion through surgery and reduce or eliminate pain. Shoulder surgery repairs shoulder conditions that nonsurgical options cannot treat. Dr. Azar and Dr. Cadier perform most shoulder surgeries. If you experience shoulder pain, visit St. Luke’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine.

Three Types of Shoulder Surgeries

1. Minimally invasive
2. Mini-open surgery
3. Traditional shoulder surgery

Dr. Azar and Dr. Cadier experienced excellent results in restoring normal shoulder function. Most procedures are outpatient. Total shoulder fracture repair and shoulder replacement surgery may require inpatient stays.

Shoulder Conditions Treated

Through minimally invasive procedures, we can treat most shoulder conditions, including:

• Bone spurs
• Cartilage tears
• Chronic shoulder dislocation
• Labrum tears
• Ligament tears
• Rotator cuff tears

We use mini-open and traditional surgery to treat complete rotator cuff tears, shoulder fractures, and shoulder replacement.

Post-Surgery Recovery

Recovery is different for each shoulder surgery. Recovery from minimally invasive surgery is quicker than mini-open and traditional.


ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY

The most common shoulder injury is to the rotator cuff. While nonsurgical treatment is often successful, complete tears do not heal on their own and require surgery to repair the joint. Dr. Azar and Dr. Cadier have established impeccable reputations for their work in rotator cuff restoration.

Most rotator cuff injuries require outpatient, minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive procedures create less surgical trauma and pain. Patients respond very well to physical therapy is excellent, and recovery is usually much quicker.

An arthroscopic camera is inserted into the shoulder joint to guide the surgeon during surgery. Absorbable sutures close tissue layers, and removable sutures close the skin.

The procedure takes 60-90 minutes.

Post-Surgery Recovery

Physical therapy is essential to facilitate the recovery process. The patient regains shoulder strength, flexibility, and function through one-on-one physical therapy sessions at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center. Compliant patients who diligently follow physical therapy regimens experience the best results.



SHOULDER STABILIZATION

Dr. Azar and Dr. Cadier produce outstanding results stabilizing shoulders. Physical therapy and nonsurgical options treat most of the shoulder destabilization injuries. The most severe subluxations and dislocations require surgical repair. Most of these procedures are outpatient operations performed under general anesthesia. Conditions repaired through shoulder stabilization are:

• Acromioclavicular (AC) ligament tears
• Chronic shoulder dislocation
• Glenoid labrum tears
• Rotator cuff tears

Post-Surgery Recovery

The type of shoulder stabilization surgery determines recovery. A comfortable sling immobilizes and protects the shoulder post-surgery. And after complete rehabilitation from surgery, the patient will not have loose, sub-luxation, or dislocation symptoms and can live without restrictions. Total recovery can take up to eight months.

BACK