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Arthroscopy Of The Shoulder

Putting It All Together: Arthroscopy Of The Shoulder

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 16:51

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to arthroscopy of the shoulder.

  • Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can be used to repair injuries to the shoulder with less pain and a shorter recovery time than that required for open surgical repair. It also causes much less scarring.
  • Shoulder arthroscopy is commonly used to diagnose problems inside the shoulder as well as to repair problems of the shoulder.
  • Shoulder problems that can be repaired with arthroscopy include¬†rotator cuff¬†tears and shoulders that dislocate. The procedure also can remove loose bodies and sometimes treat arthritis in the shoulder.
  • Arthroscopy usually does not require an overnight hospital stay, and complications are rare.
  • Physical therapy is the key to a full recovery after shoulder arthroscopy.

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