Shoulder instability is common among athletes and active individuals, leading to chronic pain, discomfort, and limited range of motion. Shoulder instability is typically caused by bone loss or fracture of the glenoid, which is the cup of bone that forms the “socket” portion of the shoulder ball-and-socket joint. In severe cases, surgery is required to treat the condition and restore shoulder function.
One of the newest and most innovative surgical techniques for shoulder instability is the Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure. This technique, pioneered by Dr. Boileau from Nice, France, is a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical procedure that involves relocating a piece of bone with an attached tendon to the shoulder joint. The procedure has proved to be highly effective in treating chronic shoulder instability.
Dr. Michael J. Bercik, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Lancaster Orthopedic Group in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is among very few U.S. surgeons qualified to perform the Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure. He has subspecialty training in shoulder and elbow surgery and orthopedic traumatology.
Dr. Bercik believes his focus on shoulder and elbow surgery has enabled him to develop highly refined training and expertise that provide better outcomes for each patient. His proficiency in the Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure is evidence of his dedication and passion for delivering the most advanced and effective treatment options for his patients.
The Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure is a complex surgical technique that involves making small incisions in the shoulder and using an arthroscope – a small flexible tube with a light and tiny camera at its end – along with thin surgical instruments to relocate the piece of bone with an attached tendon to the shoulder joint. Dr. Bercik has undergone extensive training in the technique and has successfully performed the surgery multiple times.
The benefits of the Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure are many. First, it is a minimally invasive surgery which means it is performed with tiny incisions. This results in less trauma to surrounding tissues, leading to a faster recovery and less post-operative pain. Second, the procedure successfully treats chronic shoulder instability, meaning patients can look forward to a more stable and functional shoulder joint after surgery.
The commitment of Dr. Bercik and Lancaster Orthopedic Group to subspecialty care ensures that each patient will receive the most advanced and effective treatment options for their condition. The Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure is a testament to their commitment to staying at the forefront of orthopaedic surgical techniques and providing the best possible outcomes for their patients.
In summary, the Arthroscopic Latarjet procedure is a revolutionary surgical technique for treating chronic shoulder instability caused by bone loss or a glenoid fracture. Dr. Michael Bercik is one of the few surgeons in the country performing the procedure. His skill with this technique ensures that patients receive the highest possible quality of care.