What to expect from Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?​

What to expect from Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?​

During arthroscopic surgery, several tiny incisions are made to insert the arthroscope and surgical instruments. An arthroscope is a tiny, pen-shaped instrument with a micro video camera attached to the end that relays images to a computer screen. Surgeons use the arthroscope to view the shoulder and evaluate the bones, tendons and ligaments to diagnose the joint problem and to carry out appropriate surgery. Shoulder arthroscopy may be performed under general or regional anaesthesia.​

During arthroscopic surgery, several tiny incisions are made to insert the arthroscope and surgical instruments. An arthroscope is a tiny, pen-shaped instrument with a micro video camera attached to the end that relays images to a computer screen. Surgeons use the arthroscope to view the shoulder and evaluate the bones, tendons and ligaments to diagnose the joint problem and to carry out appropriate surgery. Shoulder arthroscopy may be performed under general or regional anaesthesia.​

 

How to prepare for Shoulder Arthroscopy​

 

This is an opportunity to get your body in the best shape possible for surgery, and a good time to prepare your home for your recovery.​

Before your surgeon performs the surgery, he or she may have you:​

  • Get a physical exam ​
  • Adjust certain medications1
  • Develop a plan to manage health issues such as diabetes1

You and your caregiver should take this time to familiarise yourselves with the surgery and what to expect. You should also learn what you can do to prepare your home for your rehabilitation.