Shoulder arthroscopy is a diagnostic and treatment technique that involves inserting a tiny camera into the shoulder. This technique can provide a more precise diagnosis and, in some cases, a means to make repairs without open surgery. The results are fewer complications and shorter recovery times for the patients.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making several small incisions into the shoulder and feeding in a tube with a tiny camera attached. The surgeon can get a more accurate image of possible shoulder damage. We can use the same incisions and tube to insert tiny surgical instruments to make repairs.
Surgeons can repair a variety of ailments with shoulder arthroscopy, including damage to the rotator cuff, acromioplasty, excision of the AC joint, instability repairs, and labral/SLAP repair and excision.
The advantages for the patient include minor tissue damage, shorter recovery times, less scarring, and less pain after surgery. Because muscles and tendons are cut during this technique, patients may need less physical therapy afterward than traditional surgery and may regain motion in the arm sooner.
Shoulder arthroscopy is usually done as an outpatient procedure so that the patient can return home the same day. A regional nerve block or general anesthesia will be used to reduce post-operative pain.