Hand & Shoulder Surgery

A comprehensive guide to hand & shoulder surgery.

Hand and shoulder surgery is a specialized field within orthopaedics that focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the hand, wrist, and shoulder. Whether it’s a sports injury, arthritis, or a congenital condition, orthopedic hand and shoulder surgery aims to restore function, alleviate pain, and improve quality of life for patients. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into what orthopaedic hand and shoulder surgery entails, when it’s needed, its benefits, and address some frequently asked questions.

What is Hand & Shoulder Surgery?

Hand and shoulder surgery may be recommended when conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, or injections fail to provide adequate relief or when the condition significantly impairs daily activities and quality of life.  At Premier Orthopaedics, our surgeons may recommend surgery in common scenarios, including:

Severe Trauma

Fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries resulting from accidents or sports-related incidents may require surgical intervention to realign bones, repair torn ligaments or tendons, and restore function.

Chronic Conditions

Degenerative conditions such as arthritis can cause progressive joint damage and debilitating pain. Surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged joint surfaces and alleviate symptoms.

Tendon and Nerve Disorders

Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and cubital tunnel syndrome may require surgery to relieve pressure on affected nerves and restore normal function.

Rotator Cuff Tears

Tears in the rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint, can lead to pain and weakness in the shoulder. Surgical repair may be necessary to reattach or reinforce the torn tendon.


Recurrent dislocations or instability in the shoulder joint may require surgical stabilization procedures to prevent further episodes and improve joint function.

Benefits of Hand & Shoulder Surgery

We understand that surgery isn’t always the first choice for everyone. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options to address various orthopedic issues. However, for extreme cases, surgical treatments are available. Our team specializes in orthopedic hand and shoulder surgery, providing advanced care and personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, injuries, or other orthopedic conditions, we’re here to help you find the best solution to improve your quality of life. Trust Premier Orthopaedics for expert care and compassionate support on your journey to recovery.

Pain Relief

Surgery can effectively alleviate chronic pain and discomfort caused by injuries, arthritis, or nerve compression disorders, improving overall quality of life.

Improved Function

By addressing underlying structural issues and restoring normal anatomy, surgery can enhance joint function and mobility, allowing patients to perform daily activities with greater ease.

Enhanced Healing

Surgical repair of fractures, tendon injuries, and soft tissue damage promotes optimal healing and reduces the risk of long-term complications such as stiffness or instability.

Restoration of Activities

For athletes and individuals with active lifestyles, orthopaedic surgery can facilitate a safe return to sports and recreational activities following injury.

Long-term Results

In many cases, hand and shoulder surgery provides long-lasting results, enabling patients to enjoy improved function and reduced pain for years to come.

FAQS About Hand & Shoulder Surgery

Here are some common questions patients may have about Hand and Shoulder surgery:

No, surgery is typically considered after conservative treatments have been exhausted or if the condition is severe and significantly impairs function or quality of life.

Recovery varies depending on the type of surgery performed and individual factors such as age and overall health. Physical therapy and rehabilitation are often necessary to optimize outcomes and regain strength and mobility. Your surgeon will help you better understand your personal recovery process.

Like any surgical procedure, there are risks such as infection, bleeding, and complications related to anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you and take steps to minimize them. The safety of our patients is our #1 priority, and our surgeons will work closely with you and your medical team to help decrease your risks.

The timeline for recovery and return to normal activities varies for each patient and depends on the type of surgery performed. Some patients may experience immediate relief, while others may require several weeks or months to fully recover.

Yes, post-operative rehabilitation and follow-up appointments with your surgeon are essential for monitoring progress, addressing any concerns, and maximizing long-term outcomes.  Our surgeons also have relationships with a large number of therapy providers all over New Jersey, and will work with you to find the best place to assist in your recovery.


At Premier Orthopaedics, we understand the importance of healthy hands and shoulders in maintaining an active and fulfilling lifestyle. If you’re experiencing persistent pain or limitations in hand or shoulder function, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at 201-833-9500 or visit one of our offices in Englewood, Kearny, Union City, & Bloomfield for expert evaluation and personalized treatment recommendations. With our commitment to excellence and patient-centered care, we’re here to help you get back to doing what you love.

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