Among various joints in the human body, the shoulder comprises the joint with the capacity of more motion than
any other joint. It constitutes the upper arm bone, shoulder blade and collarbone. More importantly, the shoulder
capsule, rotator cuff, humerus, tenders, clavicle and bursa are an integral component of your shoulder.
Age-related problems, injury, overburdening and regular imbalance posturing are the main reasons for shoulder
problems. If all nonsurgical procedures fail to help you in overcoming the pain, then your surgeon/ doctor may
suggest for a shoulder *arthroscopy. A shoulder arthroscopy may only be considered if the condition of your
shoulder does not recover after nonsurgical treatment (nonsurgical treatment physical therapy includes rest and
medications, or injections that can reduce inflammation)
In shoulder arthroscopy surgery, the surgeon inserts a small camera known as an arthroscope. Visuals from the
camera are televised as the arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder joints. The surgeon uses the visuals to aid
him/her with their miniature surgical instruments. The arthroscope and surgical instruments the surgeon utilizes
are thinner and often functions with small incisions when compared with usual standard surgery.
Common arthroscopic procedures include:
- Repairing ligaments
- Removing inflamed tissue or loose cartilage
- Repairing rotator cuff
- Removal of bone spur
- Removal of the labrum
- Repairing the shoulder dislocation
The use of a camera and miniaturized tools reduces the pain factor of the surgery while simultaneously leading to a
faster recovery, and enhancing the ability to perform daily activities. Before performing the surgery, your surgeon
will recommend you to go through necessary medical tests to know your medical history. If the health history of the
person is progressive in all dimensions, then the person will be treated within a single day. Arthroscopic surgery
usually takes less than an hour; however, each patient and case is different and the duration of surgery may vary.
- An arthroscopy is the process where problems inside a joint are inspected, diagnosed and repaired.