11 doctors weighed in:
What are some complications of shoulder arthroscopy ?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
Complications can include nerve injury, failure of repair, persistent pain, blood clot, anesthesia complications, infection.
All of these are very rare but surgery is surgery an there is no way to eliminate risk. E can just work hard to minimize it as much as possible!

In brief: See below
Complications can include nerve injury, failure of repair, persistent pain, blood clot, anesthesia complications, infection.
All of these are very rare but surgery is surgery an there is no way to eliminate risk. E can just work hard to minimize it as much as possible!
Dr. Charles Toman
Dr. Charles Toman
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pain and stiffness
The most common complications of shoulder scopes would be pain and stiffness, or a frozen shoulder.
Good post-op therapy should help prevent this. Other less likely complications include nerve injury about the shoulder, infections, and anesthesia reactions. Relative complications include failure of surgical repair or recurrent tears.

In brief: Pain and stiffness
The most common complications of shoulder scopes would be pain and stiffness, or a frozen shoulder.
Good post-op therapy should help prevent this. Other less likely complications include nerve injury about the shoulder, infections, and anesthesia reactions. Relative complications include failure of surgical repair or recurrent tears.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: More Information
Along with the other excellent answers, here is more information on this topic for you: http://www.
Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2010/shoulder-surgery/shoulder-surgery-complications-an-ounce-of-prevention/.

In brief: More Information
Along with the other excellent answers, here is more information on this topic for you: http://www.
Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2010/shoulder-surgery/shoulder-surgery-complications-an-ounce-of-prevention/.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
In brief: Several
Overall rate recently reported 4.
6-10.6%; comps include nerve traction injuries, spinal or cerebral ischemia (rare but serious), complications from nerve blocks, chondrolysis or other cartilage injury, nerve injury, infection, blood clots (dvts); other issues are repair failures/re-tears, postop stiffness (frozen shoulder)... Overall they are safe, most comps are transient; talk to your surgeon.

In brief: Several
Overall rate recently reported 4.
6-10.6%; comps include nerve traction injuries, spinal or cerebral ischemia (rare but serious), complications from nerve blocks, chondrolysis or other cartilage injury, nerve injury, infection, blood clots (dvts); other issues are repair failures/re-tears, postop stiffness (frozen shoulder)... Overall they are safe, most comps are transient; talk to your surgeon.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine
In brief: Depends
As a rule of thumb, failure of surgery to fix the problem is usually the number one complication.
Infection, nerve, or vessel injury is another complication. The good news is that these complications are relatively rare when it comes to shoulder arthroscopy.

In brief: Depends
As a rule of thumb, failure of surgery to fix the problem is usually the number one complication.
Infection, nerve, or vessel injury is another complication. The good news is that these complications are relatively rare when it comes to shoulder arthroscopy.
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
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Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Pain and stiffness
The most common complications are pain and a failure to return to your prior full range of motion.
General surgical complications, such as infection, bleeding (hematoma formation), or damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels are all possible but occur less commonly with arthroscopic surgery. Other possible complications depend on what procedure you are having done with the arthroscopy.

In brief: Pain and stiffness
The most common complications are pain and a failure to return to your prior full range of motion.
General surgical complications, such as infection, bleeding (hematoma formation), or damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels are all possible but occur less commonly with arthroscopic surgery. Other possible complications depend on what procedure you are having done with the arthroscopy.
Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Dr. J.Milo Sewards
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