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Shoulder Arthroscopy

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Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery in Alwarpet, Chennai

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed with the help of a fiber-optic camera and other surgical tools. Shoulder joint issues are inspected, diagnosed and treated with the help of this method. 

Your doctor will use a fibre-optic camera called an arthroscope to look into your injury in the joint connecting your arms and shoulder. It is inserted through a few small incisions made on the skin. The camera displays clear images on a video monitor present right in front of the doctor. He/she will not even have to make deeper cuts in your body to see and treat the injury because the instruments used are very thin and intricate. 

To know more about shoulder arthroscopy, you can search online for a shoulder arthroscopy surgeon near me. Or you can visit any of the shoulder arthroscopy hospitals in Chennai.

How is shoulder arthroscopy done?

Before undergoing any surgery, your shoulder arthroscopy surgeon will get your reports from your doctor to make sure you don’t have any major health risks. He/she will look into your blood test, diagnostic test and physical test reports before going ahead with the surgery. A nurse will talk to you about anesthesia and then apply a regional nerve block to numb the area between the shoulder and the arm joint. The surgeon might sometimes mix the nerve block with a local anesthetic to enable you to remain in the same position throughout the surgery. 

The shoulder arthroscopy surgeon will then adjust your shoulder in a position where he/she can see the insides of your shoulder. The following positions are most common during the procedure:

  1. Beach chair position - a recliner chair sitting position
  2. Lateral decubitus position - a side positioning of the shoulder by lying on one side.

Your doctor will inject a fluid into your shoulder that will inflate your joints. This will enable him to look at the injury in a better way. Then he/she will punch a small hole in your shoulder to insert the arthroscope to see the inside of your joints. When the image of the injury starts getting visible on the monitor, the surgeon will then insert specialized intricate instruments to carry on with the procedure. After the surgery is done, the doctor either will stitch your wound or tape it up with a steri-strip and cover it with a bandage. 

Who qualifies for shoulder arthroscopy? When do you need to see a doctor?

  1. If you have ligament damage due to injury
  2. If you have debris in your shoulder due to torn cartilages or chipped bones
  3. It is done to treat as well as diagnose an injury or wear-and-tear due to your advancing age

If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, see a doctor.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Why is shoulder arthroscopy done?

Shoulder arthroscopy is done if your shoulders have been overused thereby injuring ligaments, tendons and sometimes bones. It can also be if you don't want to go for an elaborate surgery and you want to quickly recover from a surgery that needs fewer incisions and you bleed less.

What are the types of shoulder arthroscopy procedure?

  1. Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation
  2. Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage
  3. Removal or repair of the labrum
  4. Repair of ligaments
  5. Rotator cuff repair
  6. Nerve release
  7. Fracture repair
  8. Cyst excision

What are the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?

  1. You will be able to return to work soon
  2. Your shoulder joint won’t ache anymore or will eventually be cured
  3. You will be able to do regular activities like driving, cooking, etc
  4. You will be able to return to your normal strength in a month or two after the surgery

What are the complications from shoulder arthroscopy?

  1. Bleeding 
  2. Nerve injury from the surgical procedure
  3. Reaction to anesthesia
  4. Infection
  5. Excessive swelling and redness


Shoulder arthroscopy is one of the most effective surgeries performed since the 1970s and is still improving to provide better results each year with the development of new instruments and techniques.




What are the risk factors in shoulder arthroscopy?

Infection, tissue, blood vessel or nerve damage and blood clot formation after the surgery are some of the common risk factors in shoulder arthroscopy. To know more about shoulder arthroscopy, you can search online for a shoulder arthroscopy surgeon near me. Or you can visit any of the shoulder arthroscopy hospitals in Chennai.

How long will it take to recover after shoulder arthroscopy?

Your wound can take a few weeks or a few months to heal based on the surgery and the condition of your injury. But due to new technologies, the healing time is being reduced.

What should I do to ease the pain after shoulder arthroscopy?

You can use cold/hot packs, you can take over-the-counter pain medicines or you can undergo a rehabilitation program to finally regain your strength and to prevent reoccurrence of your shoulder injuries. To know more about the procedure visit your nearest shoulder arthroscopy hospitals.


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