Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, used to fully evaluate and treat structural injuries and chronic conditions of the shoulder joint. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is the preferred alternative to traditional open surgery.
Our shoulder surgeons, or orthopedic surgeons, at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are renowned experts in arthroscopic procedures. We formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with a variety of shoulder injuries to provide unparalleled quality of service and care.
How Does Shoulder Arthroscopy Work?
Shoulder arthroscopy allows our surgeons to navigate the inside of the shoulder joint and repair soft tissue or ligament damage with unprecedented precision. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery utilizes a high-tech instrument called an arthroscope. An arthroscope is only a few millimeters in diameter, and consists of a fiber-optic camera with a light attached at the end. The arthroscope provides live video feed from inside the joint that is projected onto a monitor inside the operating room.
During an arthroscopic shoulder procedure, the patient is first placed under general anesthesia. Next, two or three tiny incisions (about a quarter of an inch) are made in the shoulder joint to allow access for surgical instruments. The arthroscope can be slipped through the first incision to inspect the joint while other devices are brought in to repair the damage.
Which Shoulder Procedures Are Performed Arthroscopically?
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is typically used to treat torn or damaged cartilage, perform ligament reconstruction, and to trim damaged tissue that is causing pain. Our Los Angeles shoulder surgeons have unparalleled experience in minimally invasive shoulder surgery and routinely use shoulder arthroscopy to treat the following injuries and chronic conditions:
- AC joint separation
- Biceps Injury
- Degenerative joint disease
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder capsule release
- Shoulder cartilage tears
- Shoulder decompression
- Shoulder dislocation
- Shoulder instability
Benefits of Shoulder Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is extremely beneficial to patients for a number of reasons. The small incisions, used only to slip in arthroscopic instruments, decrease trauma to connective tissues surrounding the incision. This results in less scarring and less pain after the procedure compared with traditional open shoulder surgery.
Shoulder arthroscopy has a smaller risk of complications and a better success rate than open surgery. Again, by doing less damage to nearby structures there is a smaller chance of post-surgery irritation in the shoulder joint that can cause pain or inhibit recovery.
Perhaps most advantageous, arthroscopic shoulder surgery speeds up recovery times. Minimal incisions reduce the time your body needs to fully heal from the procedure. Thanks to arthroscopy, athletes and people with active lifestyles can return to their normal activities much faster.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery FAQ
Q: What are the possible complications of shoulder arthroscopy?
A: Though uncommon, complications are possible. Infection is the most common complication, but it can be prevented with antibiotics. Other complications include blood clots, excessive swelling/bleeding, and damage to blood vessels or nerves. Thankfully, such complications occur in less than one percent of all arthroscopic procedures.
Q: What does recovery from shoulder arthroscopy involve?
A: Since shoulder arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure, our patients can return home from our Beverly Hills medical center the same day of surgery. For about the first week after a shoulder arthroscopy, a sling is typically worn to protect the shoulder. Many patients choose to undergo a physical rehabilitation program to restore strength and range-of-motion to the shoulder. Full recovery time depends on the injury and surgical procedure.
Q: How can I manage pain after shoulder arthroscopy?
A: Most patients are prescribed pain relieving and/or anti-inflammatory medications following shoulder arthroscopy. Patients may also use over-the-counter pain relief medications in place of prescription medications for mild pain.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Beverly Hills
La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills boast some of the country’s finest orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when performing arthroscopic surgeries on the shoulder. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented arthroscopic shoulder surgeons in Beverly Hills, call (855) 360-9119.
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