Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Specialist

Elliot Gross, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Elliot Gross, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Culver City, CA

As a top orthopedist in Culver City, CA, and the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Gross uses minimally-invasive techniques like arthroscopic shoulder surgery to enable patients to heal faster and with less pain so they can get back to their normal routines as soon as possible. Dr. Gross treats patients in Culver City, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu and throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Q & A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical approach that uses small incisions to look inside joints so Dr. Gross can diagnose problems and make necessary repairs. A tiny camera mounted on the end of the arthroscope projects images to a monitor for easier visualization, and specially-designed instruments are used to perform procedures.

Why is arthroscopic shoulder surgery performed?

Shoulder surgery can be performed for many reasons, but some of the most common include:

  • recurrent shoulder dislocation

  • removal of bone spurs

  • repair of the rotator cuff

  • ligament repair

  • repair or removal of damaged cartilage or labrum, the cartilage ring around the shoulder socket

Surgery is usually performed when more conservative approaches like medication, physical therapy, rest and corticosteroid injections fail to achieve relief of pain and other symptoms. Injury, trauma and degenerative changes can all cause injuries which may eventually require surgery to repair.

How is arthroscopic shoulder surgery performed?

Prior to your procedure, sterile fluid will be injected into the joint to gently spread it apart so it can be better visualized through the arthroscope. Next, a small incision will be made near the joint to enable the arthroscope and instruments access to the joint. During the procedure, fluid flows through the arthroscope to help control bleeding and reduce postoperative inflammation. After the repair is complete, the incision will be closed using sutures or special adhesive strips.

What is the recovery process like?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is same-day surgery, which means you'll go home shortly after your procedure. Regular physical therapy plays an important role in the recovery process following shoulder surgery. Be sure to keep your physical therapy appointments and stay active to speed recovery. Depending on the type of procedure performed, you may be able to resume some activities like work or school in about a week to several weeks.

Insurance Plans & Payment Options

We accept assignment from Medicare, Worker's Compensation, and most PPO's. Here is a short list of just some of the plans we accept.  Unfortunately, we do not accept HMO or Medi-Cal.

We accept cash, checks and most credit cards for your convenience. We will bill your insurance company; however, payment is the patient's responsibility. We will help in every way we can to assist in handling claims. Insurance co-payments are due at the time of service.

For billing or insurance questions, please contact our office.

American Republic Insurance
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Capital Blue Cross
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
CBA Blue
Coventry Health Care
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net