What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a procedure that Orthopaedic Surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint. The word Arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, "Arthro" (joint) and "Skopein" (to look). The term literally means "to look within the joint."
During Shoulder Arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an Arthroscope, into your Shoulder Joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.
Because the Arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions (cuts), rather than the large incision needed for standard, open surgery. This results in less pain for patients, and shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities.
Shoulder Arthroscopy has been performed since the 1970s. It has made diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from surgery easier and faster than was once thought impossible. Improvements in Shoulder Arthroscopy occur every year as new instruments and techniques are developed. Shoulder Arthroscopy is used to perform a wide range of procedures to treat various pathologies in the Shoulder eg. Repair of Labral Tear (Bankart Repair), Repair of the Slap Lesion, Repair of the Biceps, Repair of the Subscapularis, Repair of the Rotator Cuff etc.