Modern surgical technology and techniques have advanced leaps and bounds and now allow for more effective procedures with a smoother recovery. Skillful board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, provide innovative arthroscopic shoulder surgeries for patients at Mehling Orthopedics with multiple locations in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York. From arthritis to joint damage, injury, and nagging pain, the surgeons at Mehling Orthopedics offer valuable solutions to protect and restore your musculoskeletal system. Book via the website or call Mehling Orthopedics today.
The surgeons at Mehling Orthopedics use arthroscopy to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint. With a shoulder arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera (arthroscope) into your shoulder joint. The camera transmits pictures on a television screen and your surgeon uses these images to carefully guide miniature surgical instruments.
Due to the thin surgical instruments and smaller incisions, arthroscopy has significantly improved efficiency, surgical outcome, recovery time, and more.
There are different types of arthroscopic shoulder surgeries, such as rotator cuff repair, ligament repair, and the removal of bone spurs, loose cartilage, and inflamed tissue.
Your surgeon might recommend an arthroscopic shoulder surgery if you have a painful condition or an inflamed joint that isn’t responding to nonsurgical treatment methods, such as rest, physical therapy, or medications.
Most shoulder conditions are caused by overuse, injury, arthritis, and age-related wear-and-tear.
A shoulder arthroscopy might also relieve painful symptoms associated with damage to the soft tissues surrounding the joint.
If you’re generally healthy, your arthroscopy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Shoulder arthroscopy is commonly performed using regional nerve blocks to numb your shoulder and arm. Your surgeon injects the numbing medicine into the base of your neck or high on your shoulder. A nerve block might be combined with a general anesthetic.
Most arthroscopic procedures are completed within an hour. Once you’re in the proper position for the surgery, usually a semi-seated position or laying on your side on an operating table, hair is removed if needed and an antiseptic solution is spread over your shoulder to clean the skin. Your shoulder and arm are covered with sterile drapes and your forearm is usually placed in a holding device to ensure your arm stays still.
Your surgeon injects fluid into your shoulder to inflate the joint and makes a small buttonhole-sized puncture in your shoulder for the arthroscope. Fluid flows through the arthroscope to control bleeding and to keep the view clear. The camera transmits the images to a screen.
After identifying the problem your surgeon inserts other small instruments through separate incisions to repair it. Specialized instruments are used for tasks like cutting, grasping, shaving, suture passing, and knot tying. In some cases, special devices can be used to anchor stitches into your bone.
Your surgeon closes your incisions, typically with stitches, before covering them with a large, soft bandage.
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