Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Orthopaedic Associates

General Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Albany, GA

Your shoulder is one of the most versatile joints in your body. Because so many components work together to give you mobility and functionality, even small injuries can result in the need for surgery. At Orthopaedic Associates in Albany, Georgia, you have the advantage of consulting with shoulder surgery experts. The team of skilled surgeons offers on-site, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to address injuries to the muscles, tendons, and joints of the shoulder. Find out if arthroscopic shoulder surgery is right for you by calling or using the convenient online booking feature.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Q & A

Why do I need arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Your Orthopaedic Associates provider may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery if you have shoulder dysfunction that results in chronic pain or limited mobility that reduces your quality of life.

Common conditions that may require arthroscopic shoulder surgery include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder instability
  • Chronic shoulder inflammation
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

You may also need surgery to repair damage to the tendons and ligaments throughout your shoulder.

What can I expect during arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a procedure that requires only small incisions to access the treatment area. Your Orthopaedic Associates surgeon inserts a slender camera, which sends images back to an external monitor, allowing for a close-up look at the surgical site

During the procedure, you’re under general anesthesia to put you in a deep sleep and help keep you pain-free. Your surgeon makes necessary repairs to the damaged area, based on your specific injury or condition.

Afterward, your surgeon closes the incision and applies a clean bandage before you’re taken into recovery.

How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Depending on the specifics of the procedure, it can take up to six months to regain full use of your shoulder after surgery. During the first week, you can expect to wear a sling or brace to stabilize your shoulder and limit movement.

Your Orthopaedic Associates surgeon provides complete after-care instructions for controlling any pain and keeping your incisions clean to prevent infection. Because arthroscopic surgery only requires small incisions, you may experience much less pain and a faster healing time than with traditional surgery.

As you heal, your pain should diminish and you may also notice a difference your range of motion in the shoulder.

Will I need physical therapy?

You may undergo physical therapy soon after surgery if your surgeon feels it’ll speed up your healing process. During your consultation, your Orthopaedic Associates surgeon can discuss what to expect during recovery and the level of results surgery can provide.

In many cases, early physical therapy can improve the strength and functionality in your shoulder to ensure you heal correctly and can enjoy the benefits of surgery in the long term.

If a limited range of motion in your shoulder is interfering with your ability to work or participate in your favorite activities, schedule a consultation at Orthopaedic Associates today using the online system or by calling the office.