What is shoulder arthroscopy?
During the procedure, the surgeon inserts a small camera (arthroscope) into the shoulder joint. They use the images thus produced to inspect, diagnose, and repair any problems in the joint. The procedure requires small incisions and allows for a quicker recovery period.
What is shoulder arthroscopy procedure?
If you have a shoulder problem that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, shoulder arthroscopy is recommended. It can be used to relieve damage done to the rotator cuff tendons, labrum, articular cartilage, etc. caused due to overuse, wear and tear, or injury. Some commonly performed arthroscopic procedures are:
- Bone spur removal
- Repair of ligaments
- Repair of recurrent shoulder dislocation
- Rotator cuff repair
- Arthroscopic subacromial decompression
The following steps are followed during the procedure:
- Injection of fluid: Fluid is injected in the shoulder to inflate the joint so that the structures can be viewed clearly through the arthroscope.
- Insertion of arthroscope: A small hole (around a buttonhole’s size) is created on the shoulder. Fluid flows from the arthroscope to enable clear vision and control bleeding.
- Identification of damage: The views from the arthroscope are projected on the screen. The surgeon can inspect the joint for any damage.
- Surgery: Specialized surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions to repair any damage found.
After the procedure, the patient will be dischared in 1-2 hours. They will require medication in the postoperative state and someone to take care of them for a few days.