Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive shoulder procedure that uses a device, known as an arthroscope, that allows surgeons to see into the joints of the body while limiting disruption of surrounding tissue. Arthroscopic procedures can be used for both the diagnosis and the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, bursitis, sprains, and tears.

If chronic shoulder pain is severely limiting your quality of life, learning about treatment options like shoulder arthroscopy can be an important step toward relief. If you have any questions or would like more information after reading the following guide, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

When is Shoulder Arthroscopy Recommended

The shoulder joint tolerates a lot of stress that makes injuries and age-related conditions very common in this area. Upon initial diagnosis of most issues, doctors recommend conservative treatments such as physical therapy, therapeutic injections, and over-the-counter medication. Surgical procedures can become an option if patients have fully exhausted nonsurgical treatment without finding the relief necessary to engage in daily activities. 

While people may associate shoulder surgery with joint replacement procedures, arthroscopy is an option that can treat shoulder pain and dysfunction in situations where the joint is still relatively undamaged. Some of the most common conditions and injuries that a shoulder arthroscopy treats include: 

  • Rotator cuff injuries and tears
  • Arthritis-related bone growth or tissue inflammation
  • Recurring shoulder dislocation
  • Labral tears

Arthroscopy can also be used as a diagnostic procedure to confirm a condition that is not showing clearly imagery such as an X-ray or MRI. 

Shoulder Arthroscopy Overview

An arthroscope is a very small camera at the end of a thin flexible tube that transmits video imagery to a screen. This allows surgeons to insert it through a very small incision that minimizes damage to surrounding soft tissue while still offering a full view of the shoulder joint. 

Once the surgeon has accessed the shoulder, they will use microsurgical tools to perform tendon or ligament repair or remove damaged tissue that is causing pain and mobility problems. After the procedure, the incision is sewn up and typically heals in a shorter period of time than most invasive procedures. 

Patients are then given detailed post-operative instructions, including guidance for incision care and when to resume normal activities. For most shoulder procedures, patients are advised not to drive for a period lasting three or four weeks. Patients are also recommended to undergo physical therapy sessions that help to restore range of motion and strength in the joint.

Cost of Shoulder Arthroscopy

Since there are multiple types of shoulder arthroscopy, the cost can be dependent on the nature of the surgery, the insurance carrier, and other factors. Medicare patients should be aware that shoulder arthroscopy is covered by Medicare when a physician deems it a necessary part of a treatment plan. At BEST Health System, our facilities accept most major forms of insurance, Medicare, workers’ compensation claims, and personal injury cases. One of our representatives can answer cost-related questions you may have. 

Reach Out to the Experts at BEST Health System

At our state-of-the-art facilities, our surgical team treats a wide range of shoulder conditions on an outpatient basis. Our goal is to provide the highest level of care to get patients back to their jobs, favorite activities, and spending time with the people they love. To learn more about becoming a potential candidate for one of our procedures, contact BEST Health System today.

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