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Here you’ll find answers to many of your questions about shoulder arthroscopy, (also known as keyhole shoulder surgery). Learn how it’s done, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
What’s shoulder arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy can be used to identify and repair damage to various parts of your shoulder joint, such as a rotator cuff tendon, ligament or labrum (the cartilage lining the rim of your shoulder joint). It can be used to remove loose fragments of bone or bony spurs. It can also release tight tissues which are causing pain and stiffness in your shoulder.
If you repeatedly dislocate your shoulder, your surgeon may recommend this surgery to stabilise the joint. Many shoulder surgeries are now done using arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques.
How’s it done?
Using a keyhole camera, known as an arthroscope, your surgeon performs the surgery through several small (1–2 cm) incisions. Images of the inside of your shoulder joint appear on a monitor. What happens during the surgery depends on your symptoms and what your surgeon sees from the images.
CONSIDERING THE PROCEDURE
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