Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
About Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery is a type of surgery orthopedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair shoulder problems inside the shoulder joint. In an Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery, the shoulder joint(s) is examined through an arthroscope (camera) for diagnosis and surgical treatment.
The shoulder joint is made up of three bones: the Humerus or upper bone, the Scapula or shoulder blade, and the Clavicle or collarbone. It is capable of a range of motion greater than any other joint in the body. It also has an array of areas vulnerable to injury including the ball and socket joint in the Shoulder Socket, Rotator Cuff, Bursa, and the Labrum among others.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in orthopedic care. Its safety is well established, some minor complication may arise post-surgery which are easily treatable.
Who Needs the Surgery?
Arthroscopic procedures are recommended if conservative treatments fail to provide pain relief from shoulder pain and other symptoms. Conservative treatment options include pain medication, medication to reduce inflammation, steroid injections, physical therapy, and medical assistive devices.
- Frozen Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff tears
- Rotator Cuff injuries
- Joint Replacement
- Bone Spur removal
- Repair or removal of the Labrum
- Repairing ligaments
- Removal of inflamed tissue
- Removal of loose cartilage
- Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation
How is it Performed
Surgeons recommend Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery after a complete evaluation of the patient’s medical history. Commonly, it includes the following:
- Local anesthesia is administered to numb the shoulder and arm.
- Depending on the preference of the surgeon, the patient is positioned in the Beach chair or lateral decubitus position.
- If required, surgical staff will remove hair from the skin of the shoulder and then apply an antiseptic on the part of the shoulder, which requires surgery.
- The surgeon will inject a fluid to inflate the joint for greater visibility of the shoulder structure.
- The surgeon punctures a small hole in the shoulder for the arthroscope.
- The arthroscope shows images from inside the joint, which helps the surgeon identify the problem.
- Once the problem is identified, the surgeon will perform the required repair.
- Instruments are inserted into the shoulder through separate, small incisions. The repair can include shaving, cutting, stitching, and knot tying.
- The instruments are retracted, and the incision is closed with stitches or Steri-strips.
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