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Are You A Candidate For Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?

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Are You A Candidate For Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?

Conventional open surgery requires long healing times, long stays in the hospital, rehabilitation, and the risk of infection. Thanks to advancements in technology and research, many shoulder surgeries can be performed with less invasive surgical procedures. This means that you will be able to experience a more comfortable and shorter recovery with greater return of shoulder function. Shoulder arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat shoulder problems. You may require an arthroscopy if you have a rotator cuff tear or shoulder impingement. This minimally invasive procedure requires a small incision that is about the size of a keyhole to allow for minimal scarring as well. If you need a shoulder repair your surgeon will use miniature surgical instruments to restore your shoulder’s mobility.

What Conditions Can Arthroscopic Surgery Treat?

Minimally invasive surgery can be performed on a number of shoulder conditions including:

  • Rotator cuff injuries that cause pain and weakness in the shoulder can be diagnosed and treated through arthroscopy surgery. Your surgeon will be able to repair the torn cartilage to restore function in your shoulder without long periods of physical therapy. 
  • Labral tears that result in instability within the shoulder caused by an injury or aging can be easily treated by arthroscopy surgery to repair the torn cartilage. 
  • Tissue inflammation or loose cartilage can be addressed by minimally invasive techniques. If physical therapy and other methods of treatment do not improve the injury, your surgeon may recommend arthroscopic surgery. 
  • Shoulder instability that causes regular dislocation can be repaired through arthroscopic surgery to tighten loose ligaments and provide a more integral joint. 
  • Bone spurs that cause pain or ones that put your shoulder at risk of developing tendinitis can be removed through arthroscopic surgery. 


Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Quick Recovery
One of the best things about shoulder arthroscopy is that you get to go home the day of the surgery. Directly after surgery, you may be required to spend a few hours in the recovery room, but after that you are free to go home. Most patients experience slight discomfort as they heal for the first few weeks post-surgery however, you will not be expected to stay in the hospital for days with long recovery times unlike traditional open surgeries. 

Small Incision
A small incision means limited scarring. The standard incision for arthroscopy is the size of a buttonhole, though multiple incisions may be needed for more complex procedures. Open surgery typically requires an incision of at least five centimeters. Shoulder arthroscopy incisions are typically made on the front or back of the shoulder joint.

Minimally Invasive
The risk of complications and infections is very low when it comes to arthroscopic shoulder surgeries. Many people are able to return to sports within a few months of the surgery, and physical therapy can help you to regain strength and motion in your shoulder. The most common post-procedure symptoms include shoulder stiffness which will go away with time especially with the help of physical therapy. 

Recovery After Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
After your surgery, it will take weeks to a few months to completely heal. You may notice slight pain and swelling for the first few weeks after the surgery, however, this will subside with the help of physical therapy and time. Ice and medication can relieve any pain you may feel after your surgery. Your surgeon will also provide you with a comprehensive recovery plan to help your shoulder regain mobility faster and to strengthen it.

Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery At Okanagan Health Surgical Centre

Okanagan Health Surgical Centre in Kelowna is a world-class private surgical facility providing advanced orthopedic surgeries including shoulder arthroscopic surgery, ACL surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and more.  We provide minimally invasive procedures to allow our patients a faster recovery time so they can get back to living a pain-free life.

The team of private surgeons will be sure to answer any questions you may have during a complimentary consultation regarding ACL treatments and procedures. To book your consultation today call us at 1-250-868-9799 or Toll-Free: 1-877-505-8895 or fill out the contact form below.


Q: How long does it take to recover from shoulder arthroscopic surgery?
A: Recovery can take anywhere between 1-6 months depending on your condition.

Q: Will I be put under general anaesthesia during my shoulder arthroscopic surgery?
A: Yes, your surgeon will likely use general anaesthesia during your surgery. However, there are certain instances when your surgeon may only require a local anaesthesia where they are performing the surgery. 

Q: Does an orthopedic surgeon perform shoulder arthroscopic procedures?
A: Yes, your shoulder arthroscopic surgery will be performed by an orthopedic surgeon.

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