Is shoulder pain preventing you from doing the things you love? Arthroscopic shoulder surgery may be a helpful treatment option. During this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor uses a very small camera, called an arthroscope, to view the tissue around or inside your shoulder joint.
There are a number of causes of shoulder joint pain, including rotator cuff tear and arthritis.
If shoulder stiffness and pain are an unwanted part of your daily routine, surgery may be a way to minimize your discomfort. Your doctor might recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery if other treatments, such as physical therapy, medication, and joint injections, haven’t been successful at relieving your shoulder pain.
Find an orthopedic surgeon at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals or call (702) 616-4900 to learn more about arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
What to Expect from Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Depending on your exact procedure, you may receive general anesthesia, which will put you into a deep sleep, or be given regional anesthesia with light sedation.
Using a very small incision, your surgeon will be able to view the tissues of your shoulder joint with an arthroscope. The camera on the arthroscope sends a live video feed to a screen, where your surgeon evaluates the shoulder joint and continues the procedure. Your surgeon inserts surgical tools through a few more small incisions as needed.
The surgery will only take about an hour, and you’ll probably be able to return home the same day.
When to Treat Shoulder Stiffness & Pain with Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery may be recommended as a treatment for the following shoulder injuries:
- Inflammation (from overuse or arthritis)
- Loose cartilage (inside a joint)
- Frozen shoulder (inflammation of joint connective tissue)
- Rotator cuff tear (muscles and tendons surrounding the top of the shoulder)
- Bone spurs
- Frequent dislocations or instability
- Shoulder impingement syndrome (bone at the top of the shoulder rubs against the tendon)
Recovering from Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Depending on the extent of your surgery and your overall health, your recovery may take a few weeks or up to several months. You’ll wear a sling for your arm for several weeks to help keep it from moving while your shoulder heals. Physical therapy and exercise will help your recovery process. Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers arthroscopic shoulder surgery and trusted recovery support in the Greater Las Vegas and Henderson area.