Is shoulder pain limiting your ability to do the things you love? Arthroscopic shoulder surgery may be a beneficial treatment option. During this minimally invasive procedure at Dignity Health, a skilled orthopedic surgeon uses a very small camera, called an arthroscope, to view the tissue inside or surrounding your shoulder joint.
If shoulder pain and stiffness are becoming an unwanted part of your daily routine, shoulder surgery can be a helpful solution for helping you minimize your pain and discomfort. Your doctor may recommend shoulder arthroscopy if other treatments, such as joint injections, medications, and physical therapy, haven’t been successful in treating your shoulder pain.
Do I Need Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Doctors at Dignity Health treat the following shoulder problems:
- Difficulty moving your arm and shoulder
- A feeling like your shoulder is locking or catching
- Joint pain
- Swelling in your shoulder joint or muscles
Shoulder surgery may be recommended as a treatment for the following shoulder injuries:
- Loose cartilage (inside your joint)
- Rotator cuff tear (muscles and tendons that surround the top of your shoulder)
- Inflammation (from overuse or arthritis)
- Frozen shoulder (inflammation of your joint connective tissue)
- Shoulder impingement syndrome (bone at the top of the shoulder rubs against the tendon)
- Instability and frequent dislocations
- Bone spurs (caused by arthritis)
Setting Expectations for Your Shoulder Surgery
Your shoulder surgery will take place in a Dignity Health hospital, using the latest techniques and technologies. Depending on your procedure, you may be given regional anesthesia with light sedation, or general anesthesia, which will put you into a deep sleep.
Using an arthroscope and a very small incision, your orthopedic surgeon will be able to view the tissues of your shoulder joint. The camera on the arthroscope sends a live video feed of images to a screen, where your surgeon can evaluate the joint and continue the procedure, inserting surgical tools through a few more small incisions. The surgery will take about an hour, and you’ll likely be able to return home the same day.
Recovering from Shoulder Surgery in the Sacramento Region
Depending on your overall health and the extent of your surgery, your recovery may take a few weeks or several months. You’ll wear an arm sling for several weeks to help keep your arm from moving while your shoulder heals. Exercise and physical therapy guided by our professionals will help your recovery process.
As part of our orthopedic services, Dignity Health provides expert care during arthroscopic shoulder surgery recovery in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.
Take the Next Step
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at (916) 851-2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.