Shoulder Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that can be used for a variety of conditions that affect the shoulder joint. This procedure involves inserting a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the patient’s shoulder joint. The camera transmits high-resolution images on to a screen, then the surgeon assesses and repairs the visible shoulder damage. This technique avoids cutting muscles or tendons to gain access to the affected area. The benefits of arthroscopy versus traditional shoulder surgery include less pain, minimal tissue damage and scarring, and a quicker recovery for patients.
Arthroscopic Treatment for Shoulder Injuries
Orthopedic surgeons can diagnose and treat many different shoulder conditions with arthroscopy. Some of these include:
- Tears of the rotator cuff
- Labral tears, or tears in the shoulder joints
- Impingement problems, bone spurs, or glenohumeral joint injuries
- Bicep tendon injuries
- Calcium deposits
Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery
Recovery from arthroscopic surgery is often faster than traditional open surgery, allowing patients to return more quickly to their daily activities. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected several weeks after surgery.
Participation in physical therapy is important to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends a rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Implementing a rehab protocol, enables patients to return more quickly to their daily activities.
Experience is important. Dr. Goldberg has performed over 2000 shoulder arthroscopic procedures, making him one of the most experienced surgeons in the Southwest Florida area. Schedule an appointment today!