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