What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder (or shoulder scope) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to access, explore, and operate on the shoulder joint through very small incisions. The use of an arthroscope (a small instrument containing a lens and fiber optic lighting system) connected to a camera allows the surgeon to see a magnified and enhanced view of the interior of the joint on a television screen, often negating the need for a larger incision (open surgery).
What Shoulder Conditions Can Be Treated Arthroscopically?
Shoulder arthroscopy can be used to determine the cause of shoulder pain (diagnostic arthroscopy), but many shoulder conditions and injuries can also be treated arthroscopically, including:
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
- Labral Lesions & Tears (Including SLAP Tears & Bankart Tears)
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
- Biceps Tendon Tears at the Shoulder
- Shoulder Instability
- Ligament Tears
- Shoulder Fractures
- Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation
- AC Joint Arthritis
- Shoulder Infection
- Suprascapular Nerve Compression
- Calcific Tendonitis
- Symptomatic Os Acromiale
Please note: arthroscopic surgery can also be used in combination with open surgery for some procedures.
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