Are you a Candidate for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?

Advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques have brought faster recovery times and fewer complications for orthopedic patients.

Shoulder injuries are a common problem that may require a minimally invasive or arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Here’s an overview of what arthroscopic shoulder surgery involves.

What is arthroscopic orthopedic surgery?

While traditional surgery needs a large incision and causes considerable trauma to surrounding soft tissue, minimally invasive or arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Phoenix reduces the size of incisions as well as the trauma to surrounding soft tissue. Small incisions reduce risk during surgery; lessen post-operative pain and reduce recovery time for patients.

How does arthroscopic shoulder surgery work?

Minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery or shoulder arthroscopy uses two or more small incisions in the shoulder and is performed with the help of a camera inserted to visualize the interior of the joint. Other incisions are used to insert small surgical tools to make repairs inside the joint using the images from the camera.

This surgery can be used to relieve pain and symptoms caused by injury to the rotator cuff tendons, labrum, articular cartilage, and other soft tissues in and around the shoulder joint.

Are you a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy?

If non-surgical and conservative treatments fail to produce a positive outcome, surgery may become necessary. But you should consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon, such as Dr. Adam Farber in Phoenix, who will diagnose your condition, explain to you the treatment options and determine whether an arthroscopic surgery is the right option for you.

Shoulder conditions that may be treated with shoulder arthroscopy include –

· Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator cuff tears result from a traumatic injury or as a result of wear and tear. Surgery may be recommended for a rotator cuff injury that does not improve after several months of non-surgical treatment.

· Biceps Tendon Injury

If the biceps tendon is torn or injured, it can cause great pain or discomfort. Minimally invasive shoulder surgery can repair a torn tendon or move it out of the shoulder joint to eliminate the source of pain.

· Bone Spurs

Bone spurs develop in the shoulder due to cartilage degeneration and bone-on-bone joint damage. Bone spur removal can be performed arthroscopically to remove the pain causing spurs and relieve symptoms.

· Other shoulder conditions such as shoulder instability, labral injury, inflamed tissue or loose cartilage

If you are suffering from a shoulder injury or degenerative shoulder condition, set up a consultation with an experienced shoulder surgeon in Phoenix at Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480–219–3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained Phoenix orthopedic surgeon. With a specialization in sports medicine, he also has a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee.