Arthroscopic shoulder surgery refers to a minimally invasive procedure that involves making small cuts (incisions) in the skin to allow the surgeon to view and treat your shoulder joint. A small camera called an arthroscope is inserted into the incision so that doctors can see inside the joint without having to make large cuts in the skin. The goal of arthroscopic shoulder surgery West Chester is to repair torn cartilage or damaged ligaments. The procedure may also be used to diagnose a problem and help determine if other injuries need attention.
What is involved in arthroscopic shoulder surgery?
Shoulder arthroscopy involves making three small incisions of about one centimeter each in the skin overlying the joint. The surgeon inserts a small fiber optic camera into one of the incisions to look at the inside of the joint. A second incision is made for an arthroscopic shaver, which can remove any loose tissue around the socket into which the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) fits. A third incision is used for an arthroscope, a tiny video camera on a flexible tube that allows the surgeon to visualize inside and manipulate soft tissues such as muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint.
The benefits of arthroscopic shoulder surgery
Less invasive: Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to treat your problem without removing the entire joint capsule or other joint tissues. This means less trauma for you and quicker recovery times after surgery.
Remove inflamed tissue: This procedure aims to remove inflamed or torn cartilage or repair damaged tissue in the shoulder joint. The surgeon uses a camera to see inside the joint during this operation and performs the operation through a few small incisions.
Minimizing scarring: This is an essential benefit of arthroscopic shoulder surgery over open surgery. With arthroscopic surgery, no stitches or sutures need to be removed once they have healed. This means less scarring and an easier recovery process after you get home from your surgery.
Suitable for people who can’t undergo traditional open procedures: Arthroscopic surgery is that it can be performed on people who are unable to undergo traditional open procedures because of medical conditions such as diabetes or severe arthritis. Arthroscopic surgery also allows doctors to see inside the shoulder joint capsule to diagnose or treat problems within this area of the joint.
Repairing damaged tissue: The surgeon will then use surgical tools that are smaller than those used for open procedures and repair any damage that has been done to tissue in the joint. This can be done by gluing damaged cartilage pieces, placing rods into the joint to hold them together while they heal, or both.
Less pain after surgery: There is less pain during recovery because there is less tissue damage during your procedure compared to open surgery procedures like rotator cuff repair and total shoulder replacement.
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that removes damaged cartilage and bone from the shoulder joint. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is used to treat various conditions, including rotator cuff tears and labrum tears. For more information, reach out to Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine experts.