Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint

Shoulder arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to examine or repair the tissues inside or around the shoulder joint. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision in the skin, in order to provide precise diagnosis.

Indications for arthroscopy:

  • A torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or ligaments
  • Shoulder instability,
  • A torn or damaged biceps tendon,
  • torn rotator cuff
  • A bone spur or inflammation around the rotator cuff,
  • Inflammation or damaged lining of the joint.
  • Arthritis of the end of the clavicle (collarbone)
  • Loose tissue need to be removed
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder


Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint is performed under general anesthesia and convolution. The type of anesthesia is discussed by the anesthesiologist before surgery. During the procedure, the patient is laid in a half- sitting position or the a healthy side with the hand placed on a special device. At the time of the operation the joint is filled with arthroscopy fluid. The procedure is performed through small incisions (  and all actions are observed on a monitor.
Stitches and a dressing are put on the wound. After surgery, the patient is able to move independently. The hand is placed in an orthosis or the patient undergoes immediate rehabilitation. The next day, the patient may be discharged home. The stitches are removed after approximately two weeks after surgery.

Postoperative Recommendations:

  • The day after surgery, the patient should be given a ride home. You should not drive a car yourself or use public transport.
  • You must purchase the prescribed prescription medications given by your doctor.
  • Dressings should be changed according to your doctor, avoiding the soaking of wounds.
  • A follow up is arranged in an indicated time period, but if there is a high degree of pain and swelling, flux from the wound or a fever, you should contact your doctor immediately.
  • Recovery can take from 1-6 months. Usually a sling is recommended for 1-2 weeks.
  • Exercises should be performed according to the guidelines of a physiotherapist


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