“ I'm glad I've chosen Dr. David Chao for my shoulder surgery. I could barely lift my arm up or use it, that's how serious my condition was. After he checked my X-rays, he explained to me how the process will unfold and estimated how much time I'd be spending away from the field. Physio was tough work but now my shoulder feels a million and I can play with my team.”
Sean Canfield, Shoulder Arthroscopy
Shoulder arthroscopy has been performed since the 1970s. It has made diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from surgery easier and faster than was once thought possible. Improvements to shoulder arthroscopy occur every year as new instruments and techniques are developed. Your doctor may recommend shoulder arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections that can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is one of your body's normal reactions to injury or disease. In an injured or diseased shoulder joint, inflammation causes swelling, pain, and stiffness.
Injury, overuse, and age-related wear and tear are responsible for most shoulder problems. Shoulder arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the rotator cuff tendons, labrum, articular cartilage, and other soft tissues surrounding the joint.
Common arthroscopic procedures include:
Less common procedures such as nerve release, fracture repair, and cyst excision can also be performed using an arthroscope. Some surgical procedures, such as shoulder replacement, still require open surgery with more extensive incisions.