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Shoulder Arthroscopy

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Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery in Chunni-ganj, Kanpur

A shoulder injury is very common if you follow an active lifestyle. It heals in a week or so but those few days can remind you of the importance of a smoothly functioning shoulder joint.

Imagine the agony you might face if your shoulder injury turns chronic and doesn't respond to rest and care. Shoulder arthroscopy is the medical procedure to repair your severely damaged shoulder.

What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure done at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, that uses an arthroscope to have a closer look at the shoulder from the inside. The surgery is completed by using other surgical tools while keeping the arthroscope inside to examine the real-time situation of your shoulder. Surgeons use this method to avoid making a big cut on your shoulder.

An arthroscope is a surgical tool that consists of a camera at the endpoint. It is a thin tube-like tool that can be inserted through a small incision.

Who needs Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder Arthroscopy is the last resort for people with a chronic shoulder injury. When the patient is done with all the non-surgical treatments like medication, physical therapy, rest, etc, the surgeon will recommend shoulder surgery.

There are certain conditions where shoulder arthroscopy is the best course of action:

  • Torn or damaged ligaments
  • Shoulder instability
  • Torn or damaged tendons
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Bone spur
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shoulder impingement

How to prepare for Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy requires anesthesia, fluids, and incisions to perform the surgery. Therefore, your doctors require some lab test reports to determine if you are allergic to any medication.

If you are taking any medication or supplement regularly, you should bring this to your surgeon's attention.

Your surgeon will ask you to avoid certain medications, supplements, food items, etc. Also, you should stay away from alcohol or smoking.

Your anesthetist will restrict you from consuming anything 8 to 10 hours before the surgery.

How is Shoulder Arthroscopy Performed?

On the day of the surgery, your surgeon at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur will revise all the potential risks involved in the surgery. If you still wish to go for the surgery, you will be redirected to the surgery room.

Your anesthetist will inject anesthesia to avoid any movement or pain from your end. Once you are positioned correctly, the procedure will begin.

Your surgeon will inflate the joint by injecting fluid into your shoulder. This will make it easier to see all the tissues, tendons, bones of your shoulder. The arthroscope will be injected through a small incision and other surgical tools will be injected through other small incisions.

Depending on your condition and the type of surgery, specialized instruments are used to perform the surgery.

There are three major types of surgical procedures involved in shoulder arthroscopy:

Rotator Cuff Repair

In this procedure, the edges of the tendon are stitched to the bone. Small anchors strengthen the stitches. These suture anchors are not removed even after the surgery.

Surgery for Shoulder Impingement

In this method of shoulder arthroscopy, damaged tendons are removed from the shoulder joint. Sometimes, a bony spur is responsible for the inflammation. In such cases, the outgrowing bone is shaved by using the right surgical tools.

Surgery for Shoulder Instability

In case of shoulder instability, a torn labrum is responsible for the injury. Your surgeon will repair the labrum as well as the ligaments attached to the area.

After the surgery is performed, your surgeon will stitch the incisions. You will stay in the hospital for a while. During this period, they will monitor your condition.

Your shoulder will recover in 2 to 6 months. You need to follow the self-care instructions given by your surgeon for fast healing.

Risk Factors of Shoulder Arthroscopy

There are some risks associated with shoulder arthroscopy. Some of them relieve over time but some of them are bad news.

Side effects that can heal with some medications are:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

However, certain risks can affect you:

  • Shoulder repair doesn't heal
  • Weakness
  • Nerve injury
  • Damaged cartilage
  • Surgery failure

To avoid any greater risks you should go for the best surgeon and best medical facilities.

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Shoulder surgery is not the end of it. You can have a shoulder arthroscopy and get back to your normal lifestyle in a few months. Aftercare is the best way to strengthen your healed shoulder.

How long does shoulder arthroscopy take?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a small surgical procedure that takes about one hour to complete. Open shoulder surgeries take a little longer than arthroscopy.

What is the purpose of a sling or brace after surgery?

It is usually recommended after big surgeries to use a sling or brace for extra support. You should wear them to avoid any irregular movement during your healing period. For small surgeries, you can remove it after a couple of days.

Why should I go for Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder Arthroscopy is less painful and heals faster than other shoulder surgeries. You can go home after a few hours.


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