What is possible?
What procedures does Dr Gavin Nimon perform?
The shoulder is one of the most used joints in the body, and is highly susceptible to injuries through sports and/or wear and tear. Therefore, some people may undergo shoulder surgery during their lifetime.
One of the most common operations performed by Dr Gavin Nimon is arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Arthroscopy is another term for key hole or minimally invasive surgery, and is a type of surgery that Dr Gavin Nimon has performed for over 20 years.
Dr Nimon has extensive experience using arthroscopy to perform:-
- a debridement ( subacromial decompression ) for sub-acromial bursitis (debriding (cleaning out) the shoulder region so that tendons that are inflamed by spurs of bone are given more space.)
- excision of the Acromio-Clavicular joint (AC joint) for arthritis
- biceps tenotomy or tenodesis for long head of biceps tendinopathy or labral tears
- Stabilisation procesures also called a labral or Bankart reconstruction is done for shoulder stability or dislocated shoulders.
- Rotator cuff tears, which has resulted in pain or loss of motion.
The last 2 are known as reconstructions.
What do we mean when we talk about “arthroscopic” shoulder surgery?
Arthroscopy of the shoulder involves the use of a tiny camera to thoroughly investigate the joint and tendons. The surgery, commonly referred to as keyhole surgery, is then undertaken to inspect the joint from the inside and repair any damaged tissue witgh the advantage that it results in minimal scarring at the incision.
Procedures and recovery involving the Rotator Cuff
Complete ruptures of the rotator cuff usually require surgery which involves stitching the torn tendon back onto the humerus (the arm bone located between the elbow and the shoulder). During the procedure, any subacromial spurs, arthritic Acromial Clavicular joints (ac joints) or extra bone formations can also be cleaned out (debrided).
Open Stabilisations or Shoulder Replacements
Dr Nimon also performs open surgery, when required.
One situation is for instability of the shoulder when it is so unstable from bone damage, that it requires a bone transfer, known as a Laterjet procedure, and is used more commonly in injuries sustained from high impact sports such as Australian Rules football.
A total shoulder replacement is undertaken in the case of significant arthritis of the gleno-humeral joint (shoulder joint) or after proximal humeral fractures ( severe breaks of the shoulder after injury)
Dr Gavin Nimon – Shoulder Surgeon
Providing Quality Orthopaedic Care
Dr Nimon is a specialist shoulder surgeon and head of Shoulder Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. His goal is to concentrate on providing a quality service, and at a consultation, he will discuss the pros and cons of shoulder surgery with you, and will answer all of your questions about any shoulder surgery you may be considering, discussing your options and the expected outcomes.
To organise a consultation, call our office on (08) 8376 9988.