Using cutting-edge technology, we strive to enhance the lives of our patients by giving them pain-free and fully functional shoulders.
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What We Do
Rotator Cuff Tears
Shoulder Sports Injuries
Complex Shoulder Conditions
Minimally Invasive Treatment
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses small incisions and a tiny camera/video to treat many injuries of the shoulder. Many sports injuries result in a labral tear or rotator cuff tendon tear which are effectively treated arthroscopically today. Some salvage procedures for irreparable rotator cuff tears such as superior capsular reconstruction can also be performed arthroscopically today. Dr. Costouros has treated elite athletes at all levels, from the recreational athlete to collegiate, olympic, and professional athletes.
Arthroscopic surgeries are done on an outpatient basis and generally take less than 1-hour to complete. Patients experience less pain and scarring following surgery, return home on the day of surgery, and are able to recover and resume their normal activities much more quickly.
As a specialist in all aspects of shoulder disorders, this will be your last stop in treatment. Dr. Costouros will help you obtain a pain-free and fully-functional shoulder so that you can remain active and live your life to the fullest.
Our Shoulder Expert
Dr. John G. Costouros MD, FACS, FAAOSShoulder Disorders Specialist and Shoulder Surgeon at the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research
Dr. Costouros has devoted his entire career to becoming an expert in the comprehensive treatment of all disorders affecting the shoulder — from sports injuries, to fractures, rotator cuff tears, instability problems and arthritis. As a prior full-time member of the Stanford Orthopedic Surgery Faculty, he has trained hundreds of surgeons from around the world and has shared the very latest advancements and techniques. Although many injuries of the shoulder can be treated without surgery, those that will require an operation can be treated today with arthroscopic surgery – a minimally-invasive technique that requires minimal downtime and enables faster recovery.
Dr. Costouros also specializes in shoulder joint replacement surgery for more complex problems such as advanced arthritis or some irreparable rotator cuff tears. He has been a leader in developing cutting-edge technology for shoulder surgery and has led multiple FDA clinical trials which have benefitted patients throughout the country. He has partnered with Dr. John Dearborn at the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research where they share the same philosophy of providing patients “better and more consistent care in a specialty setting focused on exceptional outcomes, service and quality.”View CV
Rotator Cuff Tears and Impingement
For patients less than 61 years old, the total estimated lifetime societal savings of the approximately 250,000 rotator cuff repairs performed annually in the United States is $3.44 billion, according to a study of the value of rotator cuff repair published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.Read More...
Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, allowing you to throw fastballs, lift a heavy suitcase, scratch your back, and reach in almost any direction.Read More...
Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
Glenohumeral (shoulder) arthritis is a common source of pain and disability that affects up to 20% of the older population.Read More...
The Reverse Shoulder Replacement
The Reverse Shoulder Replacement is a unique shoulder replacement implant that has been used successfully for over twenty years in Europe.Read More...
Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis is a condition that generally begins with the gradual onset of pain followed by a limitation of shoulder motion.Read More...
Medical PublicationsBY DR. JOHN G. COSTOUROS MD, FACS, FAAOS
Inhibition of Chondrocyte and Synovial Cell Death After Exposure to Commonly Used Anesthetics: Chondrocyte Apoptosis After Anesthetics
An intra-articular injection of local anesthetics is a common procedure for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It has been shown that these agents are toxic to articular cartilage and synovial tissue in a dose- and time-dependent fashion, and in some cases, they may lead to postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL). However, the role of apoptosis in cell death is still unclear, and the potential role of apoptosis inhibition in minimizing chondrocyte and synovial cell death has not been reported.
Total shoulder arthroplasty with an uncemented soft-metal-backed glenoid component
Loosening associated with cemented polyethylene glenoid components is a major concern following total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA). The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical and radiographic results associated with use of a novel uncemented soft-metal-backed glenoid component (SMBG), with a minimum follow-up of 2 years.
Dr. C and his staff have provided nothing but the best care I have ever had for my shoulder. I have had 5 surgeries and Dr. C listened to my concerns, took his time explaining options and provided me the best outcome for my shoulder.
- HAPPY PATIENT
I had complete confidence in Dr. John Costouros. I have recommended him to others a dozen times. If needed, I will choose him again.
- HAPPY PATIENT
I will go to no one else other than Dr. Costouros. He has my trust and I have great faith in his ability as a top surgeon in his field.
- STANFORD PATIENT
Dr. Costouros is great! I have already recommended him to a neighbour who has chosen him as her surgeon.
- STANFORD PATIENT
Dr. Costouros took the time to explain my problem in a way that I could understand and explained my options which allowed me to make an informed decision as to how I would like to proceed. He was also a very pleasant man. I left feeling confident that surgery was the way to proceed. His intern was very knowledgeable and pleasant as well.