Shoulder Arthroscopy is one of the more common procedures for shoulder conditions. This procedure uses one or more small incisions and small endoscopic cameras to allow surgeons to view damage to the shoulder joints, bones or cartilage in high definition. Once the camera has been inserted, the surgeon uses microsurgical tools to remove damaged tissue or debris that is causing shoulder pain.
To begin this procedure, one or more small incisions are made around the damaged area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the area in greater detail.
Once the surgeon has visualized and evaluated the area, the surgeon may decide tissue or ligaments need to be trimmed or partially removed. Small surgical instruments are inserted to remove the painful tissue or ligaments. The incisions are closed with small stitch or sterile strips.