Special shoulder arthroscopy equipment gives our orthopedic surgeons access to your injured shoulder through very small incisions and allows us to repair torn cartilage, reconstruct torn muscles, remove loose bodies, shave down bone spurs, and more.
Some of the minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgeries our sports medicine doctors perform include:
- Subacromial decompression
- Distal clavicle excision
- Rotator cuff surgery
- Recurrent shoulder dislocation repair
- Labral repair
- SLAP repair
- Shoulder capsulorrhaphy
- Rotator cuff, labrum, and glenohumeral joint debridement
- Biceps tenodesis
- Loose bodies removal
Shoulder replacement surgery and other similarly complex procedures are not currently available using minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy and must be done with an open surgical approach.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Diagnosis
In order to determine if shoulder arthroscopy is the right treatment for you, schedule a consultation at Gotham City Orthopedics. During your appointment, our orthopedic shoulder specialists will take a detailed history of your symptoms, perform a thorough physical examination, review MRI reports, and discuss your treatment options. At Gotham City Orthopedics, our primary concern is delivering relief with the least invasive techniques possible.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Procedure
Minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure that takes about an hour, depending on the condition found and the time required to perform an effective treatment. First, your orthopedic shoulder surgeon will create small buttonhole incisions for the arthroscope. Once the instrument is ready, saline solution is flushed into the shoulder region to gently separate the joint and make the area visible to the physician. Using the projected image on his monitor, your shoulder specialist will guide the arthroscope to assess your shoulder condition and perform the necessary surgery.
What to Expect After the Shoulder Arthroscopy
After the surgery, you will be observed in the recovery room for about an hour. In most cases, you will receive a regional block from the anesthesiologist before the surgery. The doctor will use an ultrasound machine to locate specific nerve branches of the shoulder and provide a local anesthetic. This will help with pain control during the procedure and for several hours after the surgery. Having a block before surgery sometimes lowers the general anesthesia requirements, so patients wake up more easily after the surgery and feel less groggy.
You will return home immobilized in a sling and follow up in the office about a week later to have your bandages and sutures removed. At that time, your orthopedic shoulder surgeon will review the procedure that was performed and educate you on home exercises and formal physical therapy.
Schedule a Shoulder Arthroscopy
If your doctor has recommended a shoulder arthroscopy or if you have been experiencing discomfort in your upper arm and shoulder, contact Gotham City Orthopedics today. We can help you live without the distracting and debilitating pain in your shoulder. Visit our orthopedic shoulder specialists in New York and New Jersey to learn more.