Shoulder Arthroscopy 101

In the field of medicine, there are many different types of surgeries and procedures that may be performed to achieve better health and wellness. One procedure that may be done by an orthopedist is a shoulder arthroscopy.

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a term related to procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons to provide diagnostics of treatment of a specific joint. The procedure uses an arthroscope, which is similar to a small camera, that is inserted into the joint and transfers live video onto a television screen. The doctor uses this to help evaluate a joint, provide a proper diagnosis of a joint problem, and to even offer repair of the joint using the same surgical instruments. Shoulder arthroscopy is just one of several arthroscopy procedures available for patients at the practice of Dr. Peter Holmes.

What is the benefit of a shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure that can be done for diagnosis and treatment of a condition. The versatile device is used in many ways to achieve results. The procedure also eliminates the need for more invasive procedures, as the incision required for the arthroscope is extremely small. This reduces the overall pain and discomfort, eliminates long-lasting scars, and allows patients the chance to recover faster than ever before. Shoulder arthroscopy is highly desirable over more invasive surgical means.

When might a doctor recommend a shoulder arthroscopy?

First and foremost, an arthroscopic procedure may be recommended by a doctor when patients are having problems with a joint that cannot be properly diagnosed with x-rays and other diagnostics tools available in the office. In most cases, age-related wear and tear, injury, or overuse are the most common causes of shoulder pain. The procedures may include:

• Repair of the rotator cuff

• Removal of bone spurs

• Removal or repair of the labrum and ligament

• Removal of loose cartilage and inflamed tissues

• Repair for dislocation of the shoulder joint

• Repair of a fracture

• Removal of a cyst

• Nerve release

Interested in shoulder arthroscopy?

Patients in the areas of San Antonio and Schertz, TX who are ready to learn more about this procedure are encouraged to schedule a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with Dr. Peter Holmes. Our team accepts new and existing patients for comprehensive care.