Shoulder arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision (cut) in your skin.
Damage to the shoulder can happen in the bones, cartilage or ligaments. If pain from this damage becomes severe and does not respond to nonsurgical treatments, arthroscopy may be an option. Arthroscopy is an alternative to “open” surgery that completely exposes the shoulder joint.
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The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that arise from the shoulder blade and give rise to the tendons that cover your shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons hold your arm in your ball and socket shoulder joint, and they help you move your shoulder in different directions. The tendons in the rotator cuff can tear when they are overused or injured.
Most people receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be unconscious and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anesthesia. Your arm and shoulder area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain in this area. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation.
First, your surgeon will examine your shoulder with the arthroscope.
Your surgeon will:
During surgery, your surgeon may perfoem one or more of these procedures.
At the end of the surgery using the arthroscope, your incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with a dressing (bandage). Most surgeons take pictures from the video monitor during the procedure to show you what they found and what repairs they made.
Your surgeon may need to do open surgery if there is a lot of damage. Open surgery means you will have a large incision so that the surgeon can get directly to your bones and tissues. Open surgery is a more complicated surgery.
Arthroscopy may be recommended for shoulder problems such as:
A consultation with an orthopedic doctor is the fastest and safest way to assess your need for shoulder arthroscopy. Request an appointment today.