Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive orthopedic surgical procedure used to evaluate fully and treat structural injuries and chronic conditions of the shoulder joint. Arthroscopic surgery causes minimal damage to muscles and tissue in the shoulder and can be more effective than traditional open shoulder surgery.
The orthopedic surgeons at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles are highly skilled in arthroscopic procedures. Our surgeons have completed training in arthroscopic surgery from world-renowned fellowship programs. They routinely achieve exceptional outcomes for patients with a variety of injuries or chronic conditions of the shoulder. To learn more about arthroscopic shoulder surgery, or to find out if you’re a candidate, contact our board-certified orthopedic surgeons by calling (888) 847-0357.
How Does Shoulder Arthroscopy Work?
Shoulder arthroscopy utilizes a high-tech instrument called an arthroscope. Only a few millimeters in diameter, an arthroscope consists of a fiber-optic camera with a light attached at the end. The arthroscope provides observation from inside the joint that is projected onto a video monitor inside the operating room. Shoulder arthroscopy allows our orthopedic surgeons to navigate the inside of the shoulder joint and repair soft tissue or ligament damage with unprecedented precision.
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 provide live video feed while other devices are brought in to repair the damaged joint. At the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence, shoulder arthroscopy is performed as an outpatient procedure.
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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. At the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence, arthroscopy is the primary surgical technique used to treat shoulder injuries. Our surgeons have unparalleled experience in minimally invasive shoulder surgery and routinely use shoulder arthroscopy to treat the following injuries and chronic conditions:
- Shoulder instability
- Rotator cuff tears
- AC joint separation
- Shoulder dislocation
- Cartilage tears
- Arthritis and shoulder joint degeneration
- Shoulder capsule release
- Shoulder decompression
Benefits of Shoulder Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is extremely beneficial to patients for a number of reasons. The small incisions decrease trauma to connective tissues surrounding the incision. This technique results in less scarring and less pain after the procedure compared with traditional open shoulder surgery.
Shoulder arthroscopy offers a smaller risk of complications and a better success rate than open surgery. By causing 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. Further, using minimal incisions reduces the time your body needs to heal from the procedure. Athletes and people who maintain an active lifestyle can return to their normal activities much faster after arthroscopic surgery.
The orthopedic surgeons at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for each patient. The arthroscopic techniques perfected by our surgeons help achieve this goal by reducing patient recovery time and improving outcomes for those with structural injuries and chronic conditions of the shoulder joint.
Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon
The Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic surgeons specializing in arthroscopic shoulder procedures. If you have specific questions about shoulder treatment, or have been experiencing shoulder pain, you can contact us by calling (888) 847-0357 or through our online contact form.
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