Shoulder arthroscopy is usually recommended if you have a painful condition of the shoulder that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, shoulder specific physiotherapy, targeted cortisone, PRP injections etc…
Inflammation is one of the body′s normal reactions to an injury or disease. The inflammation may be in the bursa (bursitis), capsule (capsulitis) or joint (synovitis). This can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness. Unless the cause of the inflammation is addressed, treatment may be ineffective.
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:
- Rotator cuff repair
- Removal of bone spurs (subacromial decompression)
- Shoulder stabilisation (for repair of torn labrum / ligament)
- Removal of inflamed capsule or loose cartilage (for dealing with a frozen shoulder or arthritic shoulder)
Less common procedures such as nerve release, fracture repair and cyst excision can also be performed using an arthroscope.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.