Shoulder Arthroscopy | Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia | MedStar Health

Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint, such as shoulder instability. During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the shoulder joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and the surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.

Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, the surgeon can use very small incisions, rather than the larger incision needed for standard, open surgery. This results in less pain for patients, and shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities.

This type of sugery has been performed since the 1970s. It has made diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from surgery easier and faster than was once thought possible. Improvements to shoulder arthroscopy occur every year as new instruments and techniques are developed.

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