Small incisions are made around your shoulder to allow the arthroscope and instruments to be placed inside your shoulder joint. Fluid flows through the arthroscope to keep the view clear and control any bleeding.
Once the problem is clearly identified, other instruments are placed in the shoulder to allow repair or debridement. On occasion, some of the portals are extended to allow the repair.
Once the problem is clearly identified, your surgeon will insert other small instruments through separate incisions to repair it. Specialised instruments are used for tasks like shaving, cutting, grasping, suture passing and knot tying. In many cases, special devices are used to anchor stitches into bone.
Your incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches and steri–strips. A large soft dressing is then applied. The nurses will debulk the dressings prior to your discharge. The dressing will be water–resistant, making it easier to shower.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.