Shoulder arthroscopy is a type of surgery. It lets a doctor repair shoulder problems without making a large cut (incision).
To do this surgery, the doctor puts a lighted tube through small incisions in your shoulder. The tube is called an arthroscope or scope. Next, the doctor puts some surgical tools in the scope to help make any repairs. The incisions will leave scars that usually fade with time.
This type of surgery is used to treat many shoulder problems.
Shoulder arthroscopy is also used for other problems. These include rotator cuff problems, bicep tendon tears, and shoulder instability. This information does not cover these surgeries.
Most people go home on the day of the surgery. When you can go back to work or your usual activities depends on your shoulder problem. You will probably need about 6 weeks or longer to recover.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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