The shoulder is much more than a limb joint. From carrying the weight of the world to offering support for someone to cry on, a shoulder is more of a responsibility. An injury to the joint makes one vulnerable as it affects the movement, daily life, and temperament. But every problem has a solution, so does shoulder injury; Shoulder arthroscopy is one such solution.
A combination of Greek words ‘arthro’ (joint) and ‘skopein’ (to look), arthroscopy means ‘to look within the joint’. Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure where the orthopaedic surgeon inserts a small camera (arthroscope) into the patient’s shoulder joint through very small incisions, inspect, diagnose and treat the problem inside the joint. Since the cuts are considerably smaller than that of the standard open surgery, Shoulder arthroscopy is favoured for features like lesser pain, lesser complexity and lesser recovery time.
Performed since the 1970s, Shoulder arthroscopy has undergone great advances in the years, adding the latest instruments and techniques to it every year. What first started as an alternative to the complex open knee surgery grew to cover every joint in the body.
The tiny camera inserted through the incision displays pictures on a video monitor, guiding the surgical instruments properly. After making the cuts, the joint is filled with sterile fluid to enable the clear vision of the insides. As the surgeon can observe the insides of the joint in real-time, the surgery is safe and flawless. Most likely, the patient will be under general anesthesia. Being minimally invasive, the procedure helps the surgeon evaluate anatomic structures in a potentially risk-free environment. Greatest advantage is that a 360 degree view and evaluation is possible with this surgery compared to open surgery.
Most shoulder problems are caused by injury, overuse and age-related wear and tear. Shoulder arthroscopy is advised only when non-surgical intervention methods like rest, physiotherapy and medications fail to have the desired effects on the patient. The procedure is performed on persons who suffer from:
As a result of anesthesia, the patient might feel numb and drowsy for a few hours, but it will wear off. Inability to move shoulder, swelling, are also common but wouldn’t last for more than 8 hours. Complications like bleeding, infection, nerve injury or persistent pain are extremely rare.
In the event of failure of non-surgical treatment in curing shoulder pain, doctors suggest Shoulder arthroscopy let the patient heal from the injury, disease or inflammation. Our expert team of doctors at the Department of Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery led by Dr. K.R. Prathap Kumar (MBBS, FRCS (Tr & Orth), FRCS (Gen), D’Orth), trained in UK and was Consultant shoulder and Upper Limb surgeon at Durham University Hospital UK, before relocating to India. He has performed more than 5000 successful keyhole surgeries in India & England to fix problems and replace joints in shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Apart from correcting congenital and acquired upper limb deformities, the team has been able to manage complex fractures of scapula, shoulder, elbow, and hand.
Shoulder arthroscopy at Sunrise covers all possible problem of shoulder including anterior stabilization (bankarts repair), SLAP repair, tenodesis, capsular release, rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, and AC Joint resection. Our facilities at the department include: