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Shoulder injuries can be painful, restrict your range of motion, and prevent you from enjoying an active lifestyle. When shoulder injuries are severe or have not responded to conservative treatment methods, arthroscopic shoulder repair may be suggested.

This minimally-invasive shoulder procedure can address several shoulder injuries while also producing favorable outcomes. According to a study, 90% of shoulder arthroscopy rotator cuff repair recipients reported positive outcomes following surgery.

At EmergeOrtho our fellowship-trained shoulder surgeons are known for their dedication to providing advanced, world-class, and patient-centered orthopedic care.

What Types of Conditions Can Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair Address?

The shoulder joint provides more movement than any other joint in the body. When a shoulder injury occurs, it can threaten the involvement of favorite sports and activities. Left untreated, certain shoulder problems can even prevent performing simple tasks without pain and discomfort.

While EmergeOrtho shoulder specialists attempt to treat orthopedic conditions conservatively, some injuries and conditions require surgical intervention for proper recovery. When non-operative measures such as medication, rest, ice, elevation, compression, and activity modification fail to address a shoulder problem, arthroscopic shoulder repair may be recommended.

A middle-aged man holds his shoulder in pain while an orthopedic shoulder specialist examines a shoulder X-Ray on a desktop computer.Arthroscopic shoulder repair often successfully addresses:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears and Injuries
    Injury and degeneration are the primary causes of a rotator cuff tear or injury. If symptoms persist longer than six months to a year, surgical intervention may be necessary.
  • Torn Cartilage
    When the shoulder cartilage tears, it is also referred to as a labral tear. Often a result of the aging process or injury, a labral tear may require surgery to fully heal.
  • Loose Tendons
    Loose tendons or “shoulder instability” is the result of the arm bone popping out of the shoulder joint. Generally, shoulder instability happens from an injury, fall, or blow to the shoulder.
  • Torn Tendons
    Torn tendons of the shoulder are often a byproduct of fraying tendons of the shoulder. The common biceps tendon tear generally results from heavy lifting, overuse, and injury.
  • Bone Spurs
    Commonly associated with osteoarthritis, bone spurs are bony protrusions that develop along bone edges. Although there may be no initial symptoms, bone spurs can inhibit healthy range-of-motion in the shoulder joint.

How Is Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Performed?

Arthroscopic surgery utilizes a high-tech camera called an arthroscope. Your orthopedic surgeon uses a small incision to insert this small instrument into the shoulder joint. The arthroscope contains a fiber optic light source alongside the small camera to allow the surgeon to view the joint on a monitor. The procedure is usually outpatient and less invasive than traditional shoulder surgery.

There are several advantages to arthroscopic surgery. Not only does it require a much smaller incision, but patients who have had arthroscopic surgery also recover faster than those who have undergone “traditional” shoulder surgery.

What Happens After Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?

A question we often receive from patients needing shoulder repair is “What can I expect after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?”

Following surgery, physical therapy will be needed to regain the healthy function of the shoulder.

Although healing time from shoulder arthroscopy varies, many patients recover within three to six months.

Additional Shoulder Surgery and Treatment Techniques

In addition to arthroscopic shoulder repair, our EmergeOrtho shoulder experts offer:

  • Distal clavicle excision
  • Removal of loose pieces of cartilage or bone
  • Resection of the distal clavicle

No matter what shoulder injury you experience, EmergeOrtho has one of the most experienced, skilled, and caring orthopedic treatment teams in North Carolina. Our practice remains informed of the latest techniques and innovations to improve outcomes for patients, including minimally invasive total joint replacement and reconstruction.

To learn more about arthroscopic shoulder repair, request a consultation now.

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