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What is the definition or description of: shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Scope: Evaluation and treatment of the shoulder joint and structures by means of a joint scope (arthroscope).
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Shoulder arthroscopy: Involves making small portals (holes) around the shoulder where a camera (arthroscope) can be introduced for both diagnostic and operative care. Additional portals are used to remove loose bodies if present, repair a torn labrum or cuff tendon, shave down bone if indicated.
Dr. Aakash Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Minimally invasive: Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure whereby fiber optics are used to perform minimally invasive surgery. The word arthroscopy means the use of a camera to visualize inside a joint. Many different procedures can be done via arthroscopy, including rotator cuff repairs, labrum repairs, and debridement.

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