Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to diagnose and treat various shoulder joint conditions. It involves using a specialised instrument called an arthroscope, which is a thin tube with a camera and light source at the end. The arthroscope is inserted through small incisions in the shoulder, allowing to visualise and access the internal structures of the joint. Shoulder arthroscopy can be used for multiple reasons:
- Diagnostic Purpose: Shoulder arthroscopy can be used as a diagnostic tool to evaluate and identify the cause of shoulder pain, instability, limited range of motion, or other shoulder joint problems. The arthroscope provides a detailed view of the structures inside the joint, including the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and synovial lining.
- Surgical Treatment: In addition to diagnostic purposes, shoulder arthroscopy can be used for various surgical treatments. Some common procedures performed arthroscopically include:
- Rotator Cuff Repair: Repair of a torn rotator cuff tendon.
- Shoulder Stabilisation: Surgical treatment for shoulder instability, such as Bankart repair or capsular tightening.
- Subacromial Decompression: Removal of bone spurs or inflamed tissue in the subacromial space, which can relieve impingement on the rotator cuff tendons.
- Removal of Loose Bodies or Inflamed Tissue: Removal of loose fragments, damaged tissue, or inflamed synovium within the shoulder joint.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat various shoulder conditions
Recovery and Advantages
Shoulder arthroscopy is typically performed under general anesthesia. Several small incisions are made around the shoulder to insert the arthroscope and specialised surgical instruments. After surgery, the small incisions are closed with stitches and adhesive strips, and a sterile dressing is applied. Recovery time varies depending on the specific procedure performed, but it generally involves a period of immobilisation, followed by a rehabilitation program to regain shoulder strength, range of motion, and function.
Shoulder arthroscopy is less invasive compared to traditional open surgery. It offers several advantages, including smaller incisions, reduced tissue damage, less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and potentially improved outcomes.
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It’s important to note that not all patients with shoulder pain fall into one specific diagnosis and your individual symptoms can vary. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, limited mobility, or other concerning symptoms, Dr. Arthur Turow can assess your shoulder, provide you with an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment options specific for your individual needs.
Please use above information as a guide only. More detailed information specific to your condition and your recovery will be given in your consultation with Dr. Arthur Turow, who will also provide additional resources to supplement your discussion. For more information, please contact the rooms of Dr. Arthur Turow on (08) 8236 4179.