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Has anyone had arthroscopic shoulder surgery that was painfree?

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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

The shoulder has a lot of nerve endings in it, and it generally lets you know when its a had a surgery.
Icing the shoulder, and cold therapy is very beneficial after surgery as well as sleeping in a reclining chair. Nerve blocks can make the shoulder painfree for several hours after surgery, but most people eventually require pain medications.

In brief: Unlikely

The shoulder has a lot of nerve endings in it, and it generally lets you know when its a had a surgery.
Icing the shoulder, and cold therapy is very beneficial after surgery as well as sleeping in a reclining chair. Nerve blocks can make the shoulder painfree for several hours after surgery, but most people eventually require pain medications.
Dr. Paul Grutter
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Dr. Christopher Piller
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Even minimally invasive diagnostic arthroscopy can result in pain, swelling and inflammation for 7-10 days.
Any manipulation of the soft tissue or the bone can result in a longer period of gradually improving discomfort. The pain can be reduced by cold therapy, pain medication, anti-inflammatories, activity modification and physical therapy modalities. Nerve blocks can give 12-18 hrs of no pain.

In brief: Unlikely

Even minimally invasive diagnostic arthroscopy can result in pain, swelling and inflammation for 7-10 days.
Any manipulation of the soft tissue or the bone can result in a longer period of gradually improving discomfort. The pain can be reduced by cold therapy, pain medication, anti-inflammatories, activity modification and physical therapy modalities. Nerve blocks can give 12-18 hrs of no pain.
Dr. Christopher Piller
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Rare, but possible

Although arthroscopic shoulder surgery offers a huge advancement over open shoulder surgery and is generally less painful and allows faster recoveries in some cases, most of the time some pain or discomfort is unavoidable.
Talk to your surgeon/anesthesiologist about a regional nerve block, as this is one of the best ways to minimize post-operative pain.

In brief: Rare, but possible

Although arthroscopic shoulder surgery offers a huge advancement over open shoulder surgery and is generally less painful and allows faster recoveries in some cases, most of the time some pain or discomfort is unavoidable.
Talk to your surgeon/anesthesiologist about a regional nerve block, as this is one of the best ways to minimize post-operative pain.
Dr. Vishal Shah
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