Shoulder Arthroscopy Performed by Board-Certified Surgeons in Freehold, NJ
Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope (a small fiber-optic viewing instrument) is inserted into the shoulder joint for enhanced precision. As explained by the shoulder specialists at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, NJ, the benefits of arthroscopy as compared to traditional surgery are numerous, including smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and many patients are able to return home on the same day.
Arthroscopic surgery may be recommended for treating various shoulder conditions, but usually only after conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy do not produce sufficient results. For instance, the board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, New Jersey, may perform shoulder arthroscopy to address:
- Shoulder impingement (the shoulder blade places pressure on underlying soft tissues when the arm is raised)
- Rotator cuff tears
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Shoulder joint stiffness
- Shoulder instability (the head of the upper arm bone slips out of the socket of the shoulder blade’s glenoid cavity due to injury or overuse)
- Biceps rupture (a tear develops in a tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the shoulder)
- Shoulder joint cartilage damage
- Bone spurs
During a shoulder arthroscopy procedure, a patient is typically positioned lying on his or her side with the affected arm propped up. The surgeon will begin by injecting a sterile fluid into the shoulder joint to expand the surgical area, which can provide a clear view of the damage and ample room to work. The surgeon will then make a “button-hole” incision in the shoulder and insert an arthroscope. The surgeon will use the camera in the arthroscope to capture detailed images and then view those images on a large external monitor. As necessary, the surgeon will create additional small incisions to insert surgical instruments that can be used to remove and repair the damage with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues.
If you’d like to discuss shoulder arthroscopy with a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon, contact New Jersey Joints to schedule a consultation at our office in Freehold, NJ.