Shoulder arthroscopy is commonly used to diagnose and treat shoulder pain. It’s a type of keyhole surgery, which involves using a tiny camera to look inside your shoulder joint and repair any damage. It’s performed through small cuts in your skin.
You may be offered a shoulder arthroscopy if your shoulder has been damaged by an injury, arthritis or certain health conditions.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed by making small incisions into the shoulder and using a fiber optic camera to view the interior of the shoulder joint. The instrument used is called an arthroscope, which is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Using this procedure, physicians at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush (MOR) view the area in and around the joint to inspect or repair any damaged tissues. A MOR physician may need to make additional small incisions and insert other instruments to fix tears in, tendons, ligaments, or cartilage and remove damaged tissue. Arthroscopy allows for more accurate diagnosis of the shoulder's condition and precise treatment for many shoulder conditions. It also is used to assess the need for further treatment options and possible future surgical procedures.