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Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

You only need to think about the range of motion in your shoulder, and how often you use it every day, to realize that it doesn’t take long for muscles and tendons to suffer an injury. When that happens, you can depend on the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC in Clive, Ankeny, and Indianola, Iowa, to perform shoulder arthroscopy and repair the problem to ensure optimal healing. If you have shoulder pain, schedule an appointment online or call the office nearest you.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q&A

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure the surgeons at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC perform through several small incisions. They use a device called an arthroscope, which is a long narrow tube that contains lighting and a video camera. 

The arthroscope easily fits through one of the tiny incisions, and then the surgical tools are inserted through narrow tubes in the additional incisions. As your surgeon views magnified images from inside your shoulder, they can thoroughly examine the tissues, diagnose problems, and perform surgery. 

What procedures does shoulder arthroscopy include?

Injury, overuse, and age-related degeneration typically cause shoulder problems. Because you use your shoulder extensively, soft tissue damage often needs surgical repair to ensure you can regain optimal strength and function.

Rotator cuff repair is one of the most common arthroscopic shoulder procedures. Other shoulder surgeries include:

  • Removal of bone spurs
  • Repairing or removing the labrum
  • Repairing torn ligaments
  • Cleaning away inflamed tissue
  • Trimming away loose or damaged cartilage
  • Repairing recurrent shoulder dislocation

Although not as common, your surgeon may also perform shoulder arthroscopy to repair a fracture and to treat compressed nerves.

What are the health benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?

Performing surgery through small incisions causes less trauma compared to making one long incision and separating the tissues to gain access to the shoulder. One of the great benefits of shoulder arthroscopy is that it’s usually an outpatient procedure, so you don’t need to stay overnight in a hospital.

You’ll also gain other health benefits, such as:

  • Reduced amount of bleeding during surgery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Faster rehabilitation

It’s important to start rehabilitation as soon as possible after your surgery to promote healing and regain shoulder strength. You can rehabilitate and get back into action more quickly following arthroscopic surgery because the muscles and tendons stay intact.

In most arthroscopic surgeries, your surgeon doesn’t need to cut the soft tissues. Instead, they gently maneuver the narrow tools between the fibers. Since you don’t have to wait for muscles or tendons to heal, your recovery is quicker than with open surgery.

If you have shoulder pain or need shoulder arthroscopy, schedule an appointment online or call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC.