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How long does a shoulder arthroscopy procedure take?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Usually anywhere from 30 min to 3 hrs depending upon the amount of pathology being addressed by the surgery.

In brief: Depends
Usually anywhere from 30 min to 3 hrs depending upon the amount of pathology being addressed by the surgery.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It varies
Depending on the injury that needs repairing, the skill of the surgeon, and the thoroughness of repair. A shoulder arthroscopy for a rotator cuff repair takes me 35-45 minutes of surgery time to complete the entire procedure.
Some people it takes 3 hrs. Seek out a shoulder specialist. Get their opinion. Ask how many surgeries they do. Ask if they make incisions or do it all with the camera.

In brief: It varies
Depending on the injury that needs repairing, the skill of the surgeon, and the thoroughness of repair. A shoulder arthroscopy for a rotator cuff repair takes me 35-45 minutes of surgery time to complete the entire procedure.
Some people it takes 3 hrs. Seek out a shoulder specialist. Get their opinion. Ask how many surgeries they do. Ask if they make incisions or do it all with the camera.
Dr. Charles Toman
Dr. Charles Toman
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Shoulder arthroscopy
Surgery for a routine diagnostic scope with a labral repair may take about an hour, a rotator cuff tear depending on complexity may take 1-2 hours.

In brief: Shoulder arthroscopy
Surgery for a routine diagnostic scope with a labral repair may take about an hour, a rotator cuff tear depending on complexity may take 1-2 hours.
Dr. Robert Meislin
Dr. Robert Meislin
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Shoulder arthroscopy
The time for a shoulder arthroscopy depends on the reason for the surgery.
It can take anywhe from 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on what is done.

In brief: Shoulder arthroscopy
The time for a shoulder arthroscopy depends on the reason for the surgery.
It can take anywhe from 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on what is done.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Highly Variable
Shoulder arthroscopy is just a general term and it really depends on the exact diagnosis and procedure(s) performed.
This also greatly depends on the level of surgeon skill, experience, etc. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulder-specialist.Htm.

In brief: Highly Variable
Shoulder arthroscopy is just a general term and it really depends on the exact diagnosis and procedure(s) performed.
This also greatly depends on the level of surgeon skill, experience, etc. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulder-specialist.Htm.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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