With the shoulder arthroscopy procedure, a small camera is inserted into the joint of the shoulder through an incision. There may be a few small incisions in order to take care of what is needed. This type of procedure has good results and patients can heal in far less time. There is also less of a risk of scars. Typically, patients are able to go home the same day after they spend a few hours in recovery after the procedure.
Reasons for Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery
There are quite a few different reasons why a shoulder arthroscopy may be recommended. It can help patients who have pain or limited mobility to feel better and to have more control over movements again. This procedure can also help to reduce stiffness in the shoulder. The procedure is used to repair damaged cartilage and to remove signs of arthritis. It can also be used to drain fluid due to inflammation or infection. A torn rotator cuff is also a very common reason for a shoulder arthroscopy.
The procedure will be conducted with the patient under anesthesia. The incisions will be made and the camera inserted. The camera takes a look around inside the shoulder, allowing the surgeon to view what is being seen on a larger screen. This allows them to determine what the underlying problems are and to decide the best course of treatment.
Sterile saline solution is inserted into the incisions to help open up the joint of the shoulder. This gives the surgeon a better view in there. Various small tools may be inserted through incision points to complete the necessary work on the shoulder. The tissues and muscles respond to this type of treatment easily and it is often successful to repair a damaged shoulder.
It is important to follow the instructions of your doctor after the shoulder arthroscopy so you can have the best success. You may be given mediation to reduce inflammation and to reduce pain. Make sure you know how to take care of the dressing to reduce the risk of any infection. Applying an ice pack several times per day can reduce swelling. Keep you follow up appointment with your doctor and they can help you to determine when you are ready to return to normal activities.
- Normal Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint
- Shoulder Instability
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Frozen Shoulder
- Shoulder Impingement
- Clavicle Fracture
- Shoulder Joint Replacement
- Partial Shoulder Replacement
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- SLAP Lesion Repair
- Labral Repair
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