Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is shoulder arthroscopy, and how is it performed?

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What Is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a commonly performed minimally invasive procedure that treats many shoulder injuries.

Modern surgical techniques and equipment allow the Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons at OrthoNeuro to perform shoulder surgeries that were once open procedures now through small incisions.


About Shoulder Arthroscopy

Small cameras and surgical instruments are placed within the shoulder so that your surgeon is able to repair damaged tendons or bones through tiny incisions. 

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.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Shoulder Specialist Today!

If you have been considering shoulder surgery or experiencing chronic shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Shoulder Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Shoulder Specialists

If you have severe shoulder pain and stiffness that prevents you from moving your shoulder correctly, call OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, or request an appointment online for expert orthopedic shoulder treatments.

Scott P. Stephens, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

Benjamin W. Szerlip, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

B. Rodney Comisar, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Jeremy R. Mathis, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Keith A. LaDu, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

8 weeks after bad rotator cuff surgery and I am doing well thank you for the great service