Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis so that you can return home the same day as your procedure.
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery treats the following injuries when they are severe in nature and cannot be improved with non-surgical treatment options:
- Bone spur removal. Osteoarthritis causes bone and cartilage inflammation that leads to the development of painful bone spurs.
- Labrum tear. The glenoid labrum that holds the shoulder in its socket tears and the shoulder partially or completely dislocates.
- Rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff tendons that stabilize the shoulder and help it move are partially or completely torn.
How Is a Shoulder Arthroscopy Performed?
Your specific injury and lifestyle will determine the surgical approach.
Generally, a procedure will be performed as follows:
- Tiny incisions are made and an arthroscopic camera is passed through one of the incisions to allow the surgeon to view the inside of the shoulder on a monitor in the surgical suite.
- Once the camera is inserted and the shoulder is viewed, your OrthoNeuro surgeon repairs damaged tendons and removes bone spurs as well as trims cartilage that is causing pain using small instruments that fit in the incisions.
Physical therapy is an important part of recovery after arthroscopic shoulder surgery and usually begins in the days following your procedure.