A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to help diagnose and treat injuries and chronic conditions. If you have shoulder pain or have been diagnosed with shoulder issues, the board-certified orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, can evaluate you to determine if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you. Learn more by booking a shoulder arthroscopy evaluation online or by calling to speak with a team member directly.
A shoulder arthroscopy is a modern solution for traditional open surgeries, which would otherwise leave you with a gaping scar and even draw out your healing period. This minimally invasive surgery can be used to treat:
Your orthopedic surgeon may also recommend diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy if you’re experiencing pain or range of motion issues, but imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI, aren’t providing clear results. In some cases, your surgeon can make repairs during a diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy, so you only have to undergo a single procedure.
Shoulder arthroscopy can be performed under general or local anesthesia. Your practitioner from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine may also perform a nerve block, which minimizes discomfort after surgery. Once you’re in the operating room, your orthopedic surgeon injects fluid into your shoulder joint to inflate your joint and allow for more clear imaging.
They make an incision to insert the arthroscope, as well as one or more incisions to insert surgical tools. The arthroscope projects live images onto a screen, so your surgeon can clearly see the inside of your shoulder joint and make more precise repairs.
Since a shoulder arthroscopy involves making just a few small incisions, your surgeon places stitches into each one to help you heal. You’re then moved into a recovery room. After you recover from anesthesia, you can usually have someone drive you home. An overnight hospital stay is rarely needed.
It’s important to have someone stay with you for at least a couple of days after a shoulder arthroscopy as you continue to recover from anesthesia. Pain and discomfort can last about a week or more, although pain relievers can help minimize any soreness you feel.
You can usually start returning to some of your usual activities roughly a week after shoulder arthroscopy surgery from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, although you’re probably going to be in a sling with limited use of your arm for several weeks.
You can receive the advanced shoulder arthroscopy care you need at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Book your evaluation online or over the phone today.