We may recommend shoulder arthroscopy if you have conditions such as:
We only recommend shoulder arthroscopy if other forms of treatment aren’t yielding results, or in cases where surgery is the best option.
To prepare for shoulder arthroscopy, you receive either a general anesthetic or local anesthesia in your shoulder, combined with a sedative to keep you relaxed and sleepy. Either way, you won’t feel any pain during the operation.
We make a small incision in your shoulder and insert the arthroscope. We can see the internal tissues of your shoulder via a monitor that receives a feed from the camera on the end of the arthroscope.
The images on the screen enable him to determine where repairs are necessary. We make more small incisions to accommodate specially designed instruments we use to carry out the repairs.
There are a variety of techniques we can use to repair damaged tissues, including:
When the repairs are complete, we close the incisions with stitches and cover them with a dressing to keep the wound clean and protected.
After the initial recovery period, we arrange physical therapy to rebuild strength and mobility in the affected shoulder.