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What Should You Learn About Shoulder Arthroscopy?

You are likely to develop shoulder injuries through sports injuries, accidents, falls, or work activities. Early shoulder injuries may not pose any health risk when treated, and you may not need surgery. You, therefore, need to see a doctor immediately after you learn you have a shoulder injury.

If you have developed complications from a shoulder injury, you should consider arthroscopic shoulder surgery in West Chester. Ronald Hess, an orthopedic surgeon, uses advanced technology to treat your injury without causing scarring. Schedule your consultation today to learn more.

What is arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to cure shoulder injuries. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery promotes quick recovery, has fewer scarring and more minor complications.

The procedure involves your provider using a high-resolution arthroscope, a camera with light at the end. The arthroscope fits into your shoulder through a small incision to show the inside of your shoulder. Dr. Hess uses the incisions as a lead way for surgical tools in repairing the impaired shoulder tissues.

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery may also act as a diagnosis step. It gives a clear and complete view of your shoulder where imaging tests are ineffective.

Which injuries can you resolve with arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Your provider conducts the surgery to provide remedies for critical shoulder injuries, among other depreciation injuries in the joint. Dr. Hess uses shoulder arthroscopy to repair common soft tissue injuries such as:

  • Labral tears
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Joint arthritis
  • Among other cartilage damage

During the procedure, your provider repairs and removes tissue damage. He administers anesthesia, then injects fluid into your joint to enlarge it and makes all structures visible.

When is arthroscopic shoulder surgery necessary?

Dr. Hess recommends trying conservative treatments first. Arthroscopic surgery is a safe and effective procedure but comes as the last treatment option. Many non-surgical treatments can relieve pain and eliminate swelling, enhancing smooth healing of your shoulder.

Conservative treatments do not usually provide lasting solutions, and your provider may recommend arthroscopic surgery even having tried the following.

  • Physical therapy
  • Resting your shoulder
  • Joint injections
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Recovery differs for everyone; it may take some time for a full recovery for severe damage. After your surgery, Dr. Hess will give you instructions to minimize your pain during recovery and enhance your shoulder’s strength through physical therapy.

What are the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy surgery is highly effective compared to traditional open surgery due to the following reasons.

  • Less scarring. The minimally invasive surgery ensures your provider makes only a tiny incision.
  • Improves recovery time
  • Effective with fewer complications involved
  • Minimizes pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Accurate diagnosis results

It is unlikely to experience complications with shoulder arthroscopy. However, like any other procedure, there may be risks involved, such as blood clots, infections, excessive bleeding, and blood vessels damage.

Talk to an orthopedic surgeon today

Your provider considers other conservative treatments for shoulder injuries first before moving on to surgery. Dr. Hess performs arthroscopic surgery to help relieve your pain and repair the damage. Call the office today to have your shoulder arthroscopy consultation.