Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder in order to visualize the joint. Benefits of arthroscopic surgery are smaller incisions, faster healing, more rapid recovery and reduced scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home the same day. Arthroscopy may be recommended for shoulder problems such as the following:

  • Evaluation and treatment of instability
  • Torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or torn biceps tendon
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Clavicular arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Debridement / drainage of joint infection
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