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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.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Other treatment: You can try physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or a cortisone injection depending on the reason for your pain.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Shoulder arthroscopy: Ensure that all your muscles --both scapular and cuff musculature are firing in synchrony. May want to go over the list of exercises you will be performing with your physical therapist post op and have some sense of what it is like to use a sling. Educate yourself about the anatomy of the shoulder so you have better understanding of what is being repaired and/or removed.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience

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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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

When is shoulder arthroscopy indicated?

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Dr. Mark Cantieri
Pain Management 40 years experience
MRI findings: The MRI or mr arthrogram is usually done before considering performing an arthroscopy. This will show certain pathology that may be amendable to surgical arhtroscopy. Findings include tears of the rotator cuff or tears of the labrum most commonly.
A 48-year-old member asked:

When is a shoulder arthroscopy necessary?

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends......: Typically the decision for surgery is made by most patients when the level of pain and debility is no longer tolerable despite allowing the appropriate time for healing and also no improvement with a well designed conservative management program. Shoulder arthroscopy is only one tool available and it is always most important to establish a clear and correct diagnosis first and then the treatment.
A 47-year-old member asked:

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.

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