Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

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Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgery in which a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into the shoulder joint to examine or repair tissues.



During this procedure, general anesthesia is given, meaning the patient is put to sleep and they are unable to feel pain. The surgeon:

  • Inserts the camera into the shoulder through small incisions. The camera is connected to a larger screen for easier viewing.
  • Inspects the tissues of the joint and the area above it including tendons, cartilage, bones, and ligaments..
  • Repairs any damaged tissues, making a few more small incisions to insert tools into the joint to make the repairs.

Many different repairs can be done in this procedure; one of the most common being a rotator cuff repair.


In the shoulder joint, there is a group of muscles called the rotator cuff. These muscles and their tendons hold the arm in the shoulder joint. During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon may find that there is a repair that needs to be done in the rotator cuff.

Many different injuries can occur in the rotator cuff of the shoulder, making this procedure beneficial for anyone experiencing shoulder issues, as it can help with an official diagnosis as well as repair at the same time.


Recovery can take anywhere from one to six months depending on what kind of repair was needed. Once the surgeon is done, the incisions will be closed with a couple of stitches. It is important to follow any discharge and self-care instructions your doctor gives to you.

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