Shoulder Arthroscopy | DrBurke

Emerging Techniques

Shoulder arthroscopy is a technique to perform surgery in which a small camera is used to look inside the shoulder joint and assist in performing surgery. Special instruments are used to, assess, clean, or repair damaged tissues. This minimally invasive type of surgery reduces the trauma to the surrounding structures of the shoulder, and it minimizes the post-operative pain. Arthroscopy is commonly used to repair rotator cuff tears, stabilize shoulders that dislocate, remove bone spurs, and fix labral tears. Most arthroscopic procedures can be done as outpatient surgery, and they typically have minimal blood loss.

Shoulder Arthroscopy FAQ’S

Will I need home physical therapy?

You will not need physical therapy at home but you will need outpatient physical therapy 2-3 times a week for 4 weeks.

When can I return to overhead activity?

You will be able to return to full overhead activity 2 months following surgery with the assistance of
physical therapy.

What can I do to prepare for recovery?

We recommend 2 weeks of physical therapy prior to your shoulder arthroscopy to strengthen your
surrounding muscles.

What are the risks and complications for rotator cuff repair?

The risks involved with shoulder arthroscopy are uncommon but can occur. These risks include but are not limited to
injuries to the nerves and blood vessels, loss of motion to the shoulder, stiffness to the shoulder,
pulmonary embolism, thrombophlebitis, fracture, and possible need for future surgery.

Is it normal to have numbness around my shoulder following surgery?

You may experience some numbness on the outside of your shoulder, this occurs when making the
incision and damaging some nerves. This usually goes away with time.