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A minimally invasive surgical innovation that allows surgeons to see inside the shoulder and carry out procedures through an incision.
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Arthroscopic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat certain shoulder injuries. This minimally invasive approach to surgery can help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring, when compared to traditional open surgery.
How to Prepare
Before your surgeon performs the surgery, he or she may have you:
- Get a physical exam, blood work and urine analysis to get a sense of any problems that could arise
- Adjust certain medications like blood thinners
- Get any healthy issues like diabetes or high blood pressure under control
Choosing the Right Doctor
When choosing an orthopaedic surgeon, keep the following things in mind:
Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors or osteopaths with an MD or DO degree who have completed a residency in orthopaedics
They must be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Recovery & Rehabilitation
Once your surgery is complete, you will stay in the recovery room up to 2 hours. When you are released, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you the first night.
You should expect discomfort for at least the first week. Ice may help you to relieve pain, and you may receive a prescription for pain medicine from your doctor.
More than likely, your doctor will have you wear a sling or immobilizer. Your doctor will provide you with an exercise plan to help you regain strength, motion and flexibility.
Understanding Shoulder Anatomy
Your shoulder joint is as unique as you are. The variation from person to person is due to differences in size, shape, and angle of the bones, as well as other natural variations
Whether or not to have shoulder replacement surgery is a difficult decision. Discussing your treatment options with your doctor is essential to helping you decide if this is the right choice for you. Learning more about shoulder replacement surgery can help you to formulate the questions you would like to ask your doctor.
Sometimes an injury causes a shoulder bone to break or partially crack. The fracture usually involves the collarbone (clavicle) or the area just below the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus). The cause is often a sudden blow to the shoulder or a bad fall. Pain follows, and the patient may be able to see his or her shoulder bones out of position.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.