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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Shoulder Arthroscopy (Overview)

Evaluation and treatment of the shoulder joint and structures by means of a joint scope (arthroscope).


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What is shoulder arthroscopy like?

What is shoulder arthroscopy like?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
190 doctors shared insights

Shoulder Arthroscopy (Overview)

Evaluation and treatment of the shoulder joint and structures by means of a joint scope (arthroscope).


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When is shoulder arthroscopy indicated?

When is shoulder arthroscopy indicated?

After failed therapy: For most shoulder injuries or conditions, surgery is an option, but only after an adequate amount of time has been allowed for the condition to resolve, and conservative treatment with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification have been tried. However, surgery might be the best option for painful rotator cuff or cartilage tears, instability, or impingement. ...Read more

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When is a shoulder arthroscopy necessary?

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. ...Read more

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What can you do before shoulder arthroscopy ?

What can you do before shoulder arthroscopy ?

Other treatment: You can try physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or a cortisone injection depending on the reason for your pain. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about a shoulder arthroscopy?

Surgery: Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery done with very small incisions, through which instruments and cameras can be placed to perform procedures on the shoulder including rotator cuff repair, bone debridement/shaving, and clean up of the subacromial space. Depending on the procedure performed, you may require immobilization and/or therapy after surgery. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to shoulder arthroscopy ?

Shoulder Arthroscopy: It depends what the shoulder arthroscopy is treating. Some shoulder issues can be treated without surgery by doing therapy and or injections. Some shoulder surgeries are done with open incisions instead of through a scope. The advantages of arthroscopic shoulder surgery are: smaller incisions and usually a faster recovery. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for shoulder arthroscopy?

What is the recovery time for shoulder arthroscopy?

6-8 weeks: This depends on the procedures performed, but most people are able to return to most of their activities at 8 weeks. People are typically working with physical therapy for 6-8 weeks after surgery. People involved in heavy labor may take 3 months to return to work. Some people will still have gradual improvements 6-12 months after surgery. ...Read more

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How long does a shoulder arthroscopy procedure take?

How long does a shoulder arthroscopy procedure take?

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. ...Read more

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What are some complications of shoulder arthroscopy ?

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. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery from shoulder arthroscopy?

3 months: It depends on the exact procedure performed. If something is repaired like the rotator cuff or the labrum you have to wait for this tissue to heal. This lengthens the recovery. If all that is performed is a decompression , there are no real restrictions after surgery so recovery is faster. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Deberardino
1,270 doctors shared insights

Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more