Traumatic injuries of the Sternoclavicular (SC) Joint can be life-threatening, often requiring emergency treatment. However, once stabilized, these are often treated nonoperatively. Surgery around the SC joint has a higher risk of significant complications than elsewhere about the shoulder. Unfortunately, a small percentage of SC joint injuries can cause ongoing instability in which case an SC joint reconstruction is recommended. Dr. Bak is one of the few surgeons in the state experienced in this type of procedure.
Chronic arthritis of the SC joint can also occur and likewise typically resolves with nonsurgical treatment. In patients who continue to have pain, a resection performed on an outpatient basis can eliminate this condition. Dr. Bak has performed this procedure safely on multiple patients who have subsequently returned to a normal, pain-free lifestyle.