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When Is Shoulder Arthroscopy Needed? Atlanta, GA
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Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of shoulder conditions. This procedure allows orthopedic surgeons to visualize and repair problems within the shoulder joint without making large incisions – arthroscopy uses “keyhole incisions” with a tiny camera and surgical instruments used to repair tissues in the shoulder joint. The following conditions are commonly treated with shoulder arthroscopy for faster healing and recovery for the patient versus open surgery.

Rotator Cuff Tears

A rotator cuff tear is one of the most common conditions treated with shoulder arthroscopy. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to hold the arm bone in the shoulder socket. When one or more of these tendons become torn, it can cause pain, weakness, and limited mobility. Shoulder arthroscopy can repair rotator cuff tears by reattaching the torn tendon to the bone.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Another condition that can be treated with shoulder arthroscopy is shoulder impingement syndrome. This condition occurs when the tendons or bursae in the shoulder become inflamed and rub against the bones of the shoulder joint, causing pain and limited mobility. Shoulder arthroscopy can remove any damaged tissue or bone spurs causing the impingement, allowing for improved shoulder function.

Labral Tears

The labrum is a piece of cartilage that lines the rim of the shoulder socket. When the labrum becomes torn, it can cause pain, instability, and limited mobility. Shoulder arthroscopy can repair labral tears by reattaching the torn labrum to the bone or other techniques.

Loose Bodies

If bone or cartilage fragments are inside the shoulder joint, these loose bodies can cause pain, stiffness and mobility issues. Shoulder arthroscopy may be required to remove loose bodies to relieve discomfort and improve shoulder range of motion.

Shoulder Dislocations

Shoulder dislocations occur when the ball of the upper arm bone becomes dislodged from the shoulder socket. This can cause pain, instability, and limited mobility. Shoulder arthroscopy can repair the damaged ligaments and tissues causing the dislocation, allowing for improved shoulder function and stability.

Biceps Tendonitis

Biceps tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the biceps tendon becomes inflamed and irritated. This can cause pain, weakness, and limited mobility. Shoulder arthroscopy can remove any damaged tissue or bone spurs causing the inflammation, allowing for improved shoulder function.

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive, versatile and effective surgical procedure that can treat various shoulder conditions. Whether you suffer from a rotator cuff tear, shoulder impingement syndrome, labral tear, shoulder dislocation, or biceps tendonitis, shoulder arthroscopy may be a viable treatment option. If you are experiencing shoulder pain or limited mobility, consult an orthopedic surgeon at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians to determine if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you. We have locations in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, and throughout the country – call the medical center nearest you to book your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians

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