Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that involves several small incisions into which a fiber-optic device (arthroscope) and tiny surgical instruments are inserted. Orthopedic surgeons can diagnose and treat many different shoulder conditions with arthroscopy, while patients can benefit from less tissue damage, shorter recovery times, less scarring and less post-operative pain. This technique also avoids cutting any muscles or tendons in order to gain access to the affected area.
Shoulder arthroscopy is used with the following:
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- Excision of A-C Joint (Mumford)
- Instability Repairs
- Labral/SLAP repair and excision
The arthroscopy procedure is a same day procedure and rarely requires an overnight hospital stay. It is typically performed under general anesthesia with a regional nerve block to help reduce post-operative pain.