Shoulder Arthroscopy

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North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Clifton, NJ & Nutley, NJ

During shoulder arthroscopy at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, Michael Russonella, DO, uses a state-of-the-art miniature camera and advanced surgical tools to correct the problems causing your shoulder pain. Because shoulder arthroscopy incisions are much smaller than traditional shoulder surgery incisions, you can expect less bleeding, less pain, and easier recovery. Book your consultation online or by phone now.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used for various shoulder issues. Often, Dr. Russonella can confirm a diagnosis and resolve damage during the same arthroscopy procedure.

There are many different shoulder repair procedures performed through arthroscopy, including:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Removal of bone spurs
  • Ligament repair
  • Removal of loose cartilage
  • Correction of a dislocated shoulder
  • Labrum removal, or labrum repair

During an arthroscopy, Dr. Russonella uses a tiny fiber-optic camera and thin surgical instruments to view the inside of your shoulder joint while he performs the surgery.



How does shoulder arthroscopy work?

Dr. Russonella creates several tiny incisions around your shoulder joint while the area is fully anesthetized, and then adds saline (sterilized salt water) into your joint to enhance visibility.

Dr. Russonella views the inside of your shoulder joint on a monitor which he uses to guide him as he makes necessary corrections using small surgical instruments.

Dr. Russonella drains the saline, then uses either sterile adhesive bandages or makes small sutures to close your incisions. Shoulder arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure, so you'll be able to go home shortly after your surgery.

What is recovery after shoulder arthroscopy like?

While arthroscopy is much less painful and much easier to heal from than old-fashioned open surgery with larger incisions, you'll still have to go through a recovery period. After your surgery, a loved one drives you home so you can start the recovery process. It's best to have your loved one stay over for a minimum of one night.


You'll typically wear a sling or brace home after your surgery. It's normal to experience some level of pain for about a week after your shoulder arthroscopy. Take your medication as prescribed, and don't delay using your pain medicine, to avoid your pain reaching a high level. You can also use ice packs to alleviate swelling and pain.

During early recovery, you may find it most comfortable to sleep partially elevated in a reclining chair or propped up by multiple pillows. Dr. Russonella will advise you regarding sling or brace wear. You'll wear it until at least your first post-operative appointment.

Physical therapy, done on-site at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, is a crucial part of your recovery. Through physical therapy, you'll regain strength and normal range of motion in the weeks following surgery.

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