A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat shoulder joint injuries or conditions.
What is a shoulder arthroscopy?
A shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to diagnose the cause of any shoulder pain. The surgeon uses the arthroscope—a tiny camera—to look directly into the joint and surrounding area. This enables a more accurate diagnosis so the surgeon can decide on the best treatment option. The surgeon can then treat the shoulder pain using small surgical instruments in addition to the arthroscope.
What does a shoulder arthroscopy treat?
A hand & wrist arthroscopy may be recommended for these shoulder problems:
- Ligaments repair
- Rotator cuff repair
- Bone spur removal
- Dislocated shoulder
- Loss of function
Shoulder arthroscopy results
A shoulder arthroscopy can restore function and eliminate pain in the shoulder in most patients.
Preparing for a shoulder arthroscopy
Patients may need to follow specific advice around what to eat and drink before a shoulder arthroscopy.
What to expect with a shoulder arthroscopy
Shoulder arthroscopy typically requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure.
The surgeon first makes a small incision or incisions in the shoulder area. This is large enough for small instruments, including a camera to guide the surgeon, to be inserted to perform the surgery.
Recovery after shoulder arthroscopy
After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. A patient must have someone on-hand to drive them home.
While each patient is different, arthroscopy typically allows for a shorter recovery period than more invasive surgery techniques.
Get a shoulder arthroscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and around the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for a shoulder arthroscopy. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your shoulder consultation
If you are ready to discuss your shoulder arthroscopy needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Incision techniques
- Potential risks and complications