Treating the Whole Person, Not Just the Shoulder
Our focus is on helping each person overcome a condition that has altered his or her quality of life. Our approach to managing patient care includes:
- Thoroughly evaluating each patient and his or her symptoms
- Determining the patient's normal shoulder function
- Diagnosing the patient's condition
- Discussing the expected outcome
- Developing a comprehensive care plan tailored to the patient's needs
- Carefully considering the impact of the shoulder problem and its treatment on the patient’s overall health and expectations for recovery
Making an appointment is easy. Patients seeking initial consultations usually see one of our specialists within two weeks. If your condition is acute, you may be admitted to the hospital and scheduled to begin therapy or have surgery the following day.
Follow-up visits are scheduled to manage the patient's recovery. We also enter treatment information into our patient database, which allows us to analyze outcomes and gives patients and referring physicians complete and up-to-date information about their care. Our goal is to help all of our patients resume healthy and productive lives.
A Recognized Leader in Research & Academic Medicine
Dr. JP Warner, Chief of the Shoulder Service, with a patient
Our world-class shoulder specialists also are leaders in clinical and basic science research. By relentlessly pursuing innovation, we can offer novel techniques and advanced therapies that improve patient care.
Together with the Shoulder Biomotion Laboratory, our surgeons have developed three-dimensional imaging that compares the anatomy and function of repaired shoulders with normally functioning shoulders. This advancement has led to new treatments that more closely replicate normally functioning shoulders, often providing patients with better long-term results.
The Shoulder Service's research focuses on improving conventional techniques for shoulder replacements, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder dislocations and other disorders. One of the most promising breakthroughs our research team has helped to develop is a reverse prosthesis. This novel device is used to treat patients lacking intact rotator cuffs or with bones and tendons damaged during previous surgeries, conditions that once were considered difficult to treat.
Our international reputation as a leading academic medical center also benefits our patients. Working closely with our physicians, our talented postgraduate fellows are highly qualified, board-certified surgeons who evaluate and diagnose patients and assist our shoulder specialists during surgery.
We offer today’s most comprehensive, leading-edge therapies for the complete range of shoulder conditions, including:
All of our patient services and resources are available at the hospital’s main campus, including:
- One-on-one evaluation, treatment and follow-up care from our shoulder specialists
- State-of-the-art facilities for open surgical procedures (e.g. joint reconstructions and shoulder replacements)
- Outpatient services for arthroscopic surgeries and other minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures
- An expert team of physical therapists specializing in shoulder rehabilitation
Personalized & Accessible Care from World-Class Specialists
Dr. Thomas F. Holovacs explaining a procedure to a patient
Founded in 1998, the Shoulder Service surgical staff includes:
We regularly receive referrals for complex cases from orthopaedic surgeons throughout the United States, including victims of industrial accidents. Although we specialize in treating complicated shoulder problems, our expertise covers shoulder disorders of all types. As a result, we care for patients of all ages, from pre-teens to the elderly.
For professional and amateur athletes and weekend warriors, we are proud to offer comprehensive care for the complete range of sports-related shoulder injuries. We collaborate frequently with the acclaimed Sports Medicine Service, led by Thomas Gill, IV, MD, medical director for the Boston Red Sox and head team physician for the New England Patriots.
The other accomplished surgeons on our team are:
Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.
Avascular necrosis is a disease that may cause bone or joint collapse as a result of loss of blood supply to the bone due to injury or other causes (such as long-term use of certain medications).
A fracture is a partial or complete bone break. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative, joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the neck, lower back, knees, hips and/or fingers.
Repetitive motion injuries, also called repetitive stress injuries, are temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons caused by performing the same motion over and over again.
An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretched hand or develop over time due to repetitive activities.
Common shoulder problems include the following: dislocation, separation, bursitis, impingement syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff tear, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), and fracture.
Tendonitis of the shoulder is an inflammation of the rotator cuff and/or biceps tendon.
Cancer that starts in any part of the head or neck (except the brain or eye) is called head and neck cancer.
The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.
MGH Hotline 4.24.09 Channel 7 NBC/CW 56 and Partners HealthCare plan to pack the Hynes Convention Center once again this summer as they come together to present the third annual Boston Health & Fitness Expo June 27 and 28 from 10 am to 5 pm with a mission to improve the health and wellness of the community
MGH Hotline 12.18.09 In General awards and honors
MGH Hotline 07.02.10 Dinesh G. Patel, MD, chief of MGH Arthroscopic Surgery, is widely recognized as a world pioneer in the field of arthroscopic surgery -- a minimally invasive procedure that uses an endoscope and specially designed surgical instruments to examine and treat damage to a joint.
Patients with severe shoulder arthritis are unable to move their arms through the full range of motion and consequently are unable to perform many activities of daily living. For these patients, total shoulder replacement is a proven surgical procedure relieving their pain, recovering their range of motion and allowing them to return to their active lifestyles. In this video, Dr JP Warner goes through the necessary examination and the surgical technique. He also points out that in 98% of the patients this is a very successful, proven procedure.
Jon J.P. Warner, MD
Thomas F. Holovacs, MD
Luke Oh, MD
Gary Perlmutter, MD
Sports Medicine Surgeons on the Shoulder Service Team
Dr. Thomas J. Gill, IV, MD
Bertram Zarins, MD
Aimee Edgard, NP