Shoulder Arthroscopy

Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand and Upper Extremity located in Fredericksburg, TX & Boerne, TX

Skilled surgeons perform more than 1.77 million arthroscopic procedures every year. Many of those procedures involve the shoulder, one of the most frequently injured joints in the body. At Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, with offices in Fredericksburg and Boerne, Texas, the orthopedic medicine specialists perform shoulder arthroscopy to repair many shoulder injuries through minimally invasive methods. Call the office nearest you or use the online scheduler to arrange your appointment now.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure to correct damage in and around your shoulder joint. In this procedure, your surgeon uses an arthroscope — a thin tube with a camera and light — to view the shoulder joint on a video monitor. 

Both the arthroscope and thin surgical tools fit through very small incisions in your shoulder, so shoulder arthroscopy is a highly advanced method of precise surgery without long incisions or unnecessary tissue trauma.

When might I need shoulder arthroscopy?

If physical therapy, injections, and other nonoperative treatments don't relieve your shoulder issues, you may need shoulder arthroscopy to repair the underlying cause of your pain. Some situations in which you could need shoulder arthroscopy include: 

  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Ligament tears
  • Loose bodies (cartilage)
  • Bone spurs
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Recurring shoulder dislocation
  • Cysts
  • Fractures
  • Compressed nerves

If you need a larger repair, such as shoulder replacement, you typically need open surgery. 

What are the advantages of shoulder arthroscopy?

With the very small incisions, shoulder arthroscopy gives you some very large advantages. These include: 

  • Less bleeding
  • Less damage to surrounding muscles (no cutting)
  • Smaller scars
  • Reduced discomfort as you heal
  • Reduced infection risk
  • Faster recovery

The Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine specialists understand how much you want to reclaim your normal life. They perform arthroscopic shoulder repair whenever possible because it helps you get back to your routine with the lowest amount of surgical disruption. 

What is recovery like following shoulder arthroscopy?

You wear a sling or shoulder-immobilizing device after your procedure. Your surgeon gives you specific instructions for recovery, which may include measures like sleeping in a reclined rather than flat position. 

You'll normally participate in physical therapy and home exercises starting right away, as this gives you the best tools to gain strength and flexibility quickly. Recovery can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months, depending on how extensive your procedure was. 

Whether you're anxious to hold your child, pitch a baseball, or simply brush your hair without pain, shoulder arthroscopy can help you get back to the things you need to do. Call the Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine office nearest you or click on the appointment link to book a consultation now.