Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist
Your shoulder injury may be eligible for treatment using minimally-invasive shoulder arthroscopy: A surgery performed through tiny incisions using small, advanced equipment for visualization and precision. Because the incisions are small and the procedure is minimally invasive, you benefit from less pain, minimized risks associated with surgery, and expedited healing when you choose shoulder arthroscopy. To find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure, contact Drs. Sinha and Spencer at STAR Ortho in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, California, today.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

When is arthroscopic shoulder surgery recommended?

Shoulder arthroscopy can be a safe and effective way to treat shoulder instability, bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis, impingement, labral tears, and rotator cuff tears. However, it’s recommendable only after less-invasive treatment methods failed to relieve your symptoms or limitations.

In some cases, the severity or complexity of an injury may require more invasive surgery; only your surgeon can determine whether you’re a strong candidate for arthroscopic surgery.

What can I expect during surgery?

Your provider performs shoulder arthroscopy in an outpatient setting, which means you come to the facility to have surgery, recover, and then go home the same day.

The use of anesthesia can vary depending on multiple factors; some patients receive general anesthesia, which means they are either sleeping or will not remember the surgery, while others receive local anesthesia, which means they’re awake but unable to feel pain.

Your practitioner performs the surgery through two or three tiny incisions, which they suture after surgery. Once you're in the recovery room, your vitals are monitored at set intervals until you are fully awake.

The doctor discharges you when the doctor decides it’s safe to go home.

What are the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?

Because the surgery is performed through such small incisions and provides minimal disruption of muscle and tissue, you can expect:

  • Minimal scarring
  • No overnight hospital stay
  • Decreased risk of complications
  • Quicker recovery
  • Improved mobility following surgery

What risks are associated with shoulder arthroscopy?

Inherent risk accompanies all surgical procedures, but when it comes to shoulder arthroscopy, the risks are rare.

Some possible complications include infection, bleeding, injury to nerves or blood vessels, blood clots, and pain that doesn't go away after you’ve healed. It’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with your doctor before you proceed.

What should I expect during recovery?

The details of your recovery depend on the details of your original injury or diagnosis and surgical treatment, but most patients require some combination of the following:

  • Restricted movement or activity
  • Medications to prevent infection, inflammation, and pain
  • Physical therapy and home stretches and exercises
  • Follow-up appointments with your surgeon or orthopedic physician
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