Shoulder arthroscopy, as with other forms of arthroscopy, is minimally invasive surgery in which, via tiny 1 cm skin incisions, a viewing instrument and other operating instruments can be passed into the shoulder joint in order to address certain problems. The range of problems which can be addressed arthroscopically continues to grow as instruments and techniques become more refined. This is an exciting and evolving field.
If a procedure can be done arthroscopically, the advantages to the patient include less postoperative pain, a quicker recovery and less stiffness.
The following are some of the arthroscopic procedures which Dr Mison performs:
- Diagnostic Arthroscopy – this is sometimes required for the precise diagnosis of some conditions. Usually, amenable problems will be addressed at the same time as the diagnostic arthroscopy.
- Arthroscopic Acromioplasty – used to address painful impingent from spurs that aggravate the rotator cuff tendons. This is part of the rotator cuff repair procedure as well. View Rotator Cuff Repair for more information.
- Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilisation.
- Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair – Many tears can be addressed arthroscopically while others are best tackled via an open incision. Each case is different and Dr Mison will discuss with you what he thinks will work best.
- Removal of loose bodies.
- Treatment of cartilage (labral) tears. Also referred to as SLAP tears.