You’ll be taken to the operating theatre and made comfortable.
Your anaesthetist will insert a cannula into a vein for your anaesthetic, fluid and other drugs. You may also have a urinary catheter inserted. Depending on the type of surgery, you’ll most likely be lying on your side or supported in a seated ‘deck chair’ position.
After the general anaesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will make small incisions in the front and back of your shoulder to insert the arthroscope. After identifying any damage, your surgeon will insert thin surgical instruments to repair and/or remove any damaged tissue.
After the surgery is finished, your shoulder will be covered with a bandage, and your arm will be supported in a sling. The anaesthetist will then wake you up.
This surgery usually takes less than an hour but it depends on how complex it is.