Shoulder Surgery Specialist

Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon located in Polaris, Columbus, OH

Shoulders are large joints that are subject to significant strain in daily life, as well as being vital for many kinds of sports activities. If you’re struggling with an injury or degenerative shoulder condition and facing the prospect of surgery, Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the leading shoulder specialists in the country. Dr. Kovack is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery, using advanced, minimally invasive techniques and state-of-the-art technologies to provide optimal outcomes for patients. Call Dr. Kovack today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

Why would I need shoulder surgery?

You might need to consider shoulder surgery if you have a problem with your shoulder that isn’t responding to conservative treatments such as physical therapy and medication.

Your shoulder is a large, complex joint that you use almost constantly throughout the day. If you play sports of any kind, a fully functioning, pain-free shoulder is essential. But even the most sedentary of people use their shoulders a great deal.

Any loss of function or pain in the shoulder can be a considerable handicap, and if less invasive options aren’t improving your condition, you need to have an evaluation with Dr. Kovack, a leading shoulder surgery specialist.

What conditions can shoulder surgery help with?

Shoulder surgery is an option for a range of shoulder injuries as well as degenerative problems like arthritis.

Dr. Kovack treats a wide variety of conditions using shoulder surgery, including:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears and SLAP tears
  • Pectoralis tendon tears
  • Bankart lesions
  • Impingement
  • Synovitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulders
  • Infection
  • Joint instability
  • Calcific tendinitis
  • AC joint (shoulder) separation
  • Nerve compression
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Bone fractures

Dr. Kovack recommends the most appropriate form of shoulder surgery after a comprehensive evaluation, so that you have the highest chance of regaining full function.

What kinds of shoulder surgery are there?

Dr. Kovack has specialist expertise in carrying out a range of advanced shoulder surgeries, including:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Distal clavicle excision
  • Debridement
  • Capsular release
  • Joint instability surgery
  • Tendon transfers
  • Nerve decompression
  • Arthroscopic biologic procedures
  • Total shoulder resurfacing
  • Rotator cuff treatment
  • Conventional and reverse total shoulder replacement
  • Superior capsular reconstruction
  • Biceps tenodesis and tenotomy
  • Pectoralis tendon repair
  • AC joint (shoulder) reconstruction
  • Cartilage repair and transplant

To promote faster and more complete healing, Dr. Kovack also uses regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow aspirate, and stem cell treatments. These therapies use cells from your own body or a donor that contain potent substances like growth factors. These substances could provide a significant boost to your body’s natural healing processes.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Thomas Joseph Kovack, DO, today or use the online booking form.

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