Arthroscopic shoulder surgery, also called shoulder arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure in which a surgeon makes several small incisions to access the shoulder joint and view any damage or injury to the area. With the help of a special tool called an arthroscope, surgeons at Dignity Health perform arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Arizona to evaluate and treat a wide array of shoulder joint problems.
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Am I a Candidate for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
A shoulder injury or a chronic condition can often cause stiffness and pain. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medicines, joint injections, or physical therapy to help ease these symptoms. If these treatments are not effective at treating your shoulder pain, your doctor may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery to diagnose the following symptoms:
- Difficulty with moving your shoulder and arm
- Catching or locking feeling
At Dignity Health, experienced orthopedic surgeons can diagnose and treat a range of shoulder injuries and conditions, including:
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What to Expect at Dignity Health
When you have shoulder arthroscopy at Dignity Health, it may be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery setting. An experienced orthopedic surgeon will perform this procedure. Your provider will determine whether you need light sedation with regional anesthesia, or general anesthesia to put you to sleep during the surgery.
During the procedure, your surgeon inserts a tube-shaped tool with a small camera, called an arthroscope, through a half-inch incision in your shoulder. The camera sends pictures of the inside of your shoulder joint to a computer screen, allowing the surgeon to get a good look at what might be causing the problem. During the evaluation, your surgeon may make a few more incisions and use other tools to make repairs or remove damaged tissue.
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery lasts about one hour, and most people are able to return home the same day of their procedure.
Recovery From Shoulder Arthroscopy
It may take anywhere from several weeks to months for you to recover from shoulder arthroscopy. After surgery, an arm sling will help keep your shoulder stabilized while it heals. Exercise and physical therapy will help you regain shoulder strength and range of motion.
Orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health believe in the power of humankindness to heal the mind, body, and spirit. We offer minimally invasive, arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Arizona, resulting in less scarring and quicker recovery times.