What You Need To Know
arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure to treat many different
sports injuries of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears, impingement
syndrome, labral tears, and shoulder instability can all be treated
getting ready for shoulder surgery, read on to find out more about
shoudler arthroscopy and what types of injuries this procedure can be
used to treat.
What is Arthroscopy?
type of surgical procedure. It is considered minimally invasive because
your surgeon uses small incisions to enter into the joint. When
compared to an open procedure there are many beneifits of an
Also known as a shoulder
procedure uses two or three small "portal" incisions around the
shoudler. Your surgeon will insert a small camera (arthroscope) into
one portal, and small tools into the other.
they can look around inside of your shoulder and fix any damage to the
tissues inside. Because the procedure does not use an open incision, it
usually has less pain, a quicker recovery, and overall successful
What Injuries Can It Treat?
of the most
common uses for shoulder arthroscopy is as a diagnostic tool. Many
times after a shoulder injury a clear cut diagnosis is not possible.
The shoulder is a complicated joint and there are lots of things that
can be wrong inside. Even with an MRI, a clear cut diagnosis is not
When surgery is necessary, a
arthroscopy is used to determine exactly what is wrong. Then, depending
on the injury, the surgery can either be performed arthroscopically, or
it may require an open procedure.
Some of the most
common shoulder sureries that can be performed
arthroscopically include subacromial decompression
repairs, shoulder capsule reconstruction, and rotator cuf repairs.
every shoulder scope is different depending on what is actually done
inside the shoulder, you can expect a few things with any shoulder
You will have two or three small incisions
shoulder. Most surgeons use an anterior and posterior portal - so you
will have a small incision on the front and back of your shoulder. The
third incision is usually on the side of your shoulder.
incisions may be closed with sutures, or they may be left to heal on
can expect to have some pain after a shoulder arthroscopy. Pain levels
will vary depending on what is done inside the shoulder. Rotator cuff
repairs and labral repairs are usually more painful than subacromial
decompressions. Compared to open procedures though, a shoulder scope is
usually less painful.
You may need to wear a sling
for a few
days or a few weeks. This is going to depend on what is done in your
shoulder. Different procedures required different periods in a sling.
arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure used to treat many different
shoulder injuries. A shoulder scope is usually less painful than an
open procedure, and recovery times are dependent upon what is actually
done inside your shoulder. Make sure you discuss any questions you have
with your surgeon.
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