Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that uses 2 to 4 small incisions. The incisions are commonly 5 mm in length and provide entry into the shoulder. Our surgeons inspect the shoulder joint, tendons, rotator cuff, and other soft tissue to identify damage. We utilize a small camera called an arthroscope to examine the inner parts of the shoulder.
At Orthopaedic Associates we usually recommend arthroscopic surgery for patients with moderate shoulder impingement. Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery allow patients to return to sports and/or daily activities. Stage II impingement or Moderate shoulder impingement is characterized by increased shoulder pain. Patients are typically between the ages of 25 to 40.
When Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression May Not Be Recommended.
An arthroscopic procedure is usually not suggested if the patient has:
- Excessive Shoulder Stiffness
- Large Rotator Cuff Tear
- An Irregularly Shaped Acromion
Outpatient Shoulder Decompression Surgery
Arthroscopic subacromial decompression doesn’t usually require an overnight hospital stay. Patients typically leave the hospital following the procedure.