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Disease and injury can have a profound impact and not just on your shoulder. Persistent pain or lack of mobility can affect your ability to perform tasks or enjoy activities. Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive way to both diagnose and treat shoulder problems to restore your function and your quality of life with less risk and recovery time. Surgeons at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio offer arthroscopic options to patients as frequently as possible to ensure our patients get the necessary correction without additional stress on the joint and the body.

Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder consists of a ball-and-socket that provides more flexibility than any other joint of the body. The top of the humerus or upper arm bone fits into a socket in the shoulder blade known as the glenoid. Cartilage covers both the humerus and glenoid to protect the components and a membrane that lubricates them, allowing the shoulder to move smoothly and painlessly. The joint is surrounded by ligaments that hold the parts in position, as well as four tendons that keep the arm bone centered in the socket, known as the rotator cuff.

The complexity of the various working parts of the shoulder joint can leave it vulnerable to disease, overuse and injury. When this occurs to one or more components, the result can be pain and difficulty maneuvering the joint. Shoulder arthroscopy can address problems with any part of the joint anatomy, to provide diagnosis and sometimes treatment without more invasive surgery.

Options in Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is an option for a variety of shoulder conditions:

Rotator Cuff Repairs

This less invasive procedure can be useful in repairing torn tendons in the rotator cuff to restore movement to the joint and reduce pain.

Shoulder Impingement

This painful condition occurs when the rotator cuff is compressed or becomes worn over time. Arthroscopic procedures can be used to remove the tissue irritating the rotator cuff surgically.

Shoulder Instability

This condition occurs after a partial or full displacement of the joint, making it more vulnerable to future injury. Often caused by tears to ligaments or the labrum (fibrous cartilage surrounding the glenoid), arthroscopic procedures can repair these tears and stabilize the joint.

Shoulder arthroscopy may also be used to identify and treat inflammatory conditions like bursitis or tendonitis. Our surgeons will carefully assess your situation to determine if arthroscopy might be a good option for you.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Overview

Shoulder arthroscopy is typically performed using general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may be either in a reclining seated position or on your side, depending on the type of correction required. A tiny incision is created to insert a pencil-like instrument known as an arthroscope. This device has a small camera which produces images inside your shoulder onto a screen for your doctor to see easily. Through the pictures and using other similar tools, your doctor can diagnose your condition and make necessary repairs at the same time in many cases.

Recovery After Shoulder

Arthroscopy You will be allowed to go home a few hours after your arthroscopy. There is some pain following the procedure, but it is usually much less than you would experience after more invasive shoulder surgery. Most patients can begin light exercise in about one week and are encouraged to participate in rehabilitation and physical therapy to fully restore the function of the joint.

Shoulder pain doesn’t always mean invasive surgery. Contact the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio today at 419-222-6622 to find out if shoulder arthroscopy is an option for you.