At Austin Shoulder Institute, orthopedic surgeons Robert Graham, MD, and Benjamin Szerlip, DO, offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options including shoulder arthroscopy to address injuries and symptoms like pain or inflammation. Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip provide experienced and unparalleled shoulder care so patients in Austin, Cedar Park and Round Rock, Texas, and surrounding areas can find relief and enjoy a greater range of motion. Call or make an appointment online today.
What is shoulder arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a type of minimally-invasive procedure that can be used to examine and treat the inside of a joint that’s been damaged due to disease or trauma. During arthroscopy, your doctor makes small incisions about the size of a buttonhole in your skin and inserts the arthroscope – a long, thin scope with a light and camera on its tip – into your shoulder joint. The arthroscope sends images from inside the joint to a monitor so your surgeon can assess the joint.
When is arthroscopy performed?
Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip use arthroscopy to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and provide surgical repair when your symptoms don’t resolve with noninvasive methods like rehabilitation or medication. Some of the most common shoulder conditions treated with arthroscopy include:
- Treatment of recurrent dislocation
- Ligament repair
- Rotator cuff repair
- Bone spur removal
- Removal of loose or inflamed cartilage or other tissue
What happens during the procedure?
The doctors at Austin Shoulder Institute use the most advanced techniques for faster healing and minimal discomfort. Depending on the type of injury you have, the anatomy of your shoulder and other factors, you’ll either lie on your side or be in a seated, reclining position during the procedure, and your surgeon provides an anesthetic.
Your doctor injects fluid into the joint space to gently expand the area in and around the joint to allow for more precise images. Next, your doctor makes a small incision or puncture near the joint to insert the arthroscope into the joint. Your doctor examines your shoulder via the images displayed on a monitor in the treatment room. They may make additional incisions to insert other instruments to repair your joint or remove extra tissue and debris.
Once the procedure is complete, your doctor applies a special bandage provides a sling to immobilize your shoulder and arm while you heal.
What are the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy provides a variety of benefits. Your risk of infection and scarring is lower since your surgeon only makes small incisions. Recovery times are also usually quicker with minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy.