Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

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What is Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgery in which a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into the shoulder joint to examine or repair tissues.



During this procedure, general anesthesia is given, meaning the patient is put to sleep and they are unable to feel pain. The surgeon:

  • Inserts the camera into the shoulder through small incisions. The camera is connected to a larger screen for easier viewing.
  • Inspects the tissues of the joint and the area above it including tendons, cartilage, bones, and ligaments.
  • Repairs any damaged tissues, making a few more small incisions to insert tools into the joint to make the repairs.

Many different repairs can be done in this procedure; one of the most common being a rotator cuff repair.


In the shoulder joint, there is a group of muscles called the rotator cuff. These muscles and their tendons hold the arm in the shoulder joint. During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon may find that there is a repair that needs to be done in the rotator cuff.

Many different injuries can occur in the rotator cuff of the shoulder, making this procedure beneficial for anyone experiencing shoulder issues, as it can help with an official diagnosis as well as repair at the same time.


Recovery can take anywhere from one to six months depending on what kind of repair was needed. Once the surgeon is done, the incisions will be closed with a couple of stitches. It is important to follow any discharge and self-care instructions your doctor gives to you.

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How Common is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

After knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy is the second most common orthopedic surgery. Joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons can all be repaired during orthopedic surgery.

When is Shoulder Arthroscopy Recommended?

Shoulder arthroscopy may be suggested by your doctor if you have a painful condition that doesn’t get better with non-surgical care. The body’s natural response to an injury is inflammation, which causes swelling, pain, and stiffness in the shoulder joint that has been damaged or injured.

Common arthroscopic procedures include:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Removal or repair of the labrum
  • Fixing the ligaments
  • Tissue that is inflamed or loose cartilage is taken away.
  • Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

What is Recovery from Shoulder Arthroscopy Like?

Rehabilitation is a big part of getting you back to your normal life. A program of exercises will help you get your shoulder strength and range of motion back. Your surgeon will make a plan for your recovery based on the surgery you needed.

For more insight on what to expect after shoulder arthroscopy, check out this blog here.

When Can I Return to Work After Shoulder Arthroscopy?

In 2 to 3 weeks, you might be able to do daily tasks that aren’t as hard on your shoulder joint. Most people who have desk jobs can now go back to work. If your job involves lifting, pushing, or pulling, you may need 3 to 4 months off.

Shoulder Arthroscopy in Eastern Tennessee

The shoulder specialists at TOA can help you return to the activities you love most by treating your shoulder injury. Call us today at (865)690-4861 to schedule your appointment with one of our shoulder specialists.

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