Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Austin, Cedar Park, TX

At Austin Shoulder Institute, orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options for shoulder injury and symptoms like pain or inflammation that don't respond to non-invasive methods. Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip provide experienced and unparalleled shoulder care so patients in North Austin, TX, and surrounding areas can find relief and enjoy greater range of motion.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

What is a shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a type of minimally-invasive procedure that can be used to visualize the inside of a joint that's been damaged due to disease or trauma. The technique uses very small incisions about the size of a buttonhole to enable the arthroscope – a long, thin scope with a light and camera on the end – to enter the joint space. Images from the joint are sent to a monitor so the surgeon can assess the joint. Some surgical procedures can also be performed arthroscopically.

When is arthroscopy performed?

Arthroscopy is often recommended when shoulder pain and other symptoms don't resolve with noninvasive methods like rehabilitation or medication. Some of the most common shoulder conditions treated with arthroscopy include:

  • treatment of recurrent dislocation

  • ligament repair

  • rotator cuff repair

  • bone spur removal

  • removal of loose or inflamed cartilage or other tissue

What happens during the procedure?

Our practice uses the most advanced techniques for faster healing and minimal discomfort. Depending on the type of injury you have, the anatomy of your shoulder and other factors, you'll either lie on your side or be in a seated, reclining position during the procedure, and you'll receive an anesthetic. Fluid will be injected into the joint space to gently expand the area in and around the joint so it can be visually more easily. Next, a small incision or puncture will be made near the joint to enable the arthroscope to be inserted and advanced into the joint. Images of the interior of the joint will be transmitted to a monitor where they can be easily viewed. Other incisions may be used to enable other instruments to access the joint to perform procedures. Once the procedure is completed, a special bandage will be applied to the area and your arm may be placed in a sling to facilitate healing.

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