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A 48-year-old member asked:

When is a shoulder arthroscopy necessary?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 32 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.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 37 years experience
Shoulder arthroscopy: Immediate needs for a shoulder arthroscopy could be a septic (infected) joint, a history of recurrent shoulder instability (repeated shoulder dislocations and/or subluxations) with associated labral tearing, mechanical locking from floating loose bodies, painful and weak arc of motion with an associated full thickness rotator cuff tear. These are but a few reasons to have a shoulder arthroscopy.

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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 25 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.

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