A shoulder arthroscopy or “shoulder scope” is a surgical procedure in which the orthopaedic surgeon uses a camera to visualize the internal structure of the shoulder joint. Shoulder arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the rotator cuff tendons, labrum, articular cartilage, and other soft tissues surrounding the joint. Common arthroscopic procedures include: rotator cuff repair, removal or repair of the labrum, repair of ligaments, removal of loose cartilage and repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation. Frozen Shoulder Surgery
Shoulder arthroscopy is a common method for surgical treatment of frozen shoulder when symptoms are not relieved by physical therapy or other conservative treatment options. The goal of surgery is to stretch and release the stiffened joint capsule in the shoulder. The orthopaedic shoulder surgeon will cut through tight portions of the joint capsule. Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is the least invasive surgical method use to repair a torn rotator cuff. During the procedure, the orthopaedic shoulder surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the shoulder joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen and the surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. Shoulder Replacement
In shoulder replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis. The typical shoulder replacement involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaced with highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket. A reverse total shoulder replacement is another type of shoulder replacement where the socket and metal ball are switched; the metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone.