The special arthroscopy equipment allows your surgeon access to your injured shoulder through very small incisions and the ability to repair/reconstruct torn cartilage, torn muscles, remove loose bodies, shave down bone spurs, etc.
Some of the arthroscopic shoulder procedures the Gotham City Orthopedics surgeons perform include:
- Subacromial decompression
- Distal clavicle excision
- Rotator cuff repair
- Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation
- Labral repair
- SLAP repair
- Shoulder capsulorrhaphy
- Debridement of rotator cuff, labrum, glenohumeral joint
- Biceps Tenodesis
- Removal of loose bodies
Shoulder replacement surgery—and other similarly invasive procedures—are not currently available using the light touch of shoulder arthroscopy, as these procedures must be done with an open surgical approach.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Consultation
In order to determine your candidacy for shoulder arthroscopy, your first step is scheduling a consultation at Gotham City Orthopedics. During this time, your Orthopedic specialist will take a detailed history of your symptoms, perform a thorough physical examination, review MRI reports and then discuss your treatment options. At Gotham City Orthopedics, our primary concern is delivering relief with the most minimally invasive technique possible.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure
Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure that takes about an hour, depending upon the condition found and time necessary to perform effective treatment. The procedure uses 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 to make the area visible to the physician. Using the projected image on his monitor, your specialist will guide the arthroscope to assess your shoulder condition and perform the necessary procedure.
After the Procedure
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. Anesthesia will use an ultrasound machine to locate specific nerve branches to 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 awaken easier after the surgery and feel less groggy. You will go home immobilized in a sling. You will follow up in the office in about a week after surgery and will have your bandages and sutures removed. At that time, your surgeon will review the procedure that was performed and will educate you on home exercises and formal Physical Therapy.
If your doctor has suggested you receive a shoulder arthroscopy, or if you have been experiencing discomfort in your upper arm and shoulder region, please call the Board-Certified specialists at Gotham City Orthopedics. You don’t have to live with distracting and debilitating pain in your shoulder. Let our Sports Medicine specialists take care of your condition resolutely.