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what is shoulder arthroscopy like?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
It means an examina-: tion of the inside of a shoulder joint. Its done for diagnosing and treatment of shoulder problems. It requires a General Anesthetic and is done in a Hospital or a Surgery Center. Its done through small holes in the skin, called Portals, like in a Knee scope surgery.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Outpatient.: It is an outpatient procedure. You will have several small arthroscopic portal incisions. You will receive pain medication after surgery.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are some complications of shoulder arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Usually very minimal: The standard risks of any procedure are possible, such as: infection, nerve or vessel damage, and clot. These potential complications are rare and occur generally less than 1% of the time. Other procedure/disease specific complications may include persistent pain, stiffness, weakness, and a need for further surgery. Discuss your surgery thoroughly with your surgeon.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the alternatives to shoulder arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
None: Shoulder arthroscopy is performed when the surgeon feels, based on the history, physical exam, x-ray and advanced imaging that conservative treatment has failed or is futile. If you get to that point there are no alternatives to surgery. You always have the option of no surgery, but then the most likely result will be continued symptoms.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the typical recovery from shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Usually fairly quick: Basic diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy, whereby your surgeon looks inside your shoulder, allows for a rapid rehabilitation and recovery. Debridement or removal of injured tissue alone allows for a rapid recovery. Repair or reconstruction of injured tissues of the shoulder (labrum, rotator cuuf) invokes more healing requirements and a slower recovery to allow repaire/ reattached tissues to heal.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can you do before shoulder arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Clarification needed: Do you mean to prevent the need for surgery? Or pre-operatively? To prevent surgery I have personally used prolotherapy to help my patients avoid surgery.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How long does a shoulder arthroscopy procedure take?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
It depends.: There are different types of arthroscopic shoulder procedures like subacromial decompression, labral repair, rotator cuff repair, to name a few. Most take less than an hour to an hour, but more complex procedures or procedures on patients who have a large body habitus typically take longer.

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