Shoulder Arthroscopy

Minimally Invasive Shoulder Repair

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to examine and treat problems within the shoulder joint. In this post, we will explore the details of shoulder arthroscopy, including what it is, when it is recommended, and what to expect before and after the procedure.

What type of procedure is it?

Shoulder arthroscopy is an orthopedic, surgical procedure that involves making a small incision in the shoulder joint to insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments. This allows the surgeon to examine and treat shoulder joint problems such as rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, and shoulder instability.

How long does the procedure usually take?

The duration of the surgery can vary depending on the extent of the problem being treated. Typically, shoulder arthroscopy takes 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

When is shoulder arthroscopy recommended?

Shoulder arthroscopy is recommended for patients who have shoulder problems that have not responded to other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medication. It may also be recommended for patients who have sustained a shoulder injury, such as a rotator cuff tear.

What happens during the surgery?

During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon will make a small incision in the shoulder joint and insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments. The camera will allow the surgeon to examine the inside of the shoulder joint and identify any problems. The surgeon can then use the surgical instruments to correct the problem, such as repairing a torn rotator cuff.

What do you need to do before the procedure?

Before the surgery, patients may need to undergo certain tests, such as blood work or imaging, to ensure they are healthy enough for surgery. They may also need to stop taking blood-thinning medication, such as aspirin, for several days before the surgery.

What should you do after the procedure?

Following the surgery, patients should follow their doctor’s instructions regarding post-operative care, which may include pain management, physical therapy, and exercise. They should also avoid high-impact activities that put stress on the shoulder joint.

What are the post-procedural recommendations?

After the procedure, patients will need to rest and elevate their shoulder for a period of time to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Physical therapy will also be prescribed to help the patient regain strength and range of motion in the shoulder.

What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with shoulder arthroscopy, including infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding tissues. However, the risk of complications is generally low with shoulder arthroscopy.

How long will you need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?

Shoulder arthroscopy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means the patient can go home the same day as the surgery.

How long will it take to fully recover after the procedure?

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most patients can expect to be able to resume normal activities within a few weeks after surgery. However, it may take several months to fully recover and regain full range of motion in the shoulder.
In conclusion, shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery for treating shoulder joint problems like rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, and shoulder instability. It offers pain relief and improves shoulder function by minimizing tissue disruption. While risks exist, the benefits in terms of pain reduction and improved function are considerable. To determine if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you, consult a qualified healthcare professional.

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