What is Shoulder Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure in which a high definition camera is inserted through a small incision, and images are projected onto a high resolution monitor. This provides a clear view of the inside of the shoulder and helps orthopaedic surgeons diagnose and treat shoulder problems.

Injury, overuse, and age-related wear and tear are responsible for most shoulder problems. Shoulder arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the rotator cuff tendons, labrum, articular cartilage, and other soft tissues surrounding the joint.

Common arthroscopic procedures include:

    • Rotator cuff repair
    • Bone spur removal
    • Removal or repair of the labrum
    • Repair of ligaments
    • Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage
    • Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

Less common procedures such as nerve release, fracture repair, and cyst excision can also be performed using an arthroscope. Some surgical procedures, such as shoulder replacement, still require open surgery with more extensive incisions.

Video “Subacromial Decompression and Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Animation” obtained from Youtube: follow link

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