Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is a shoulder arthroscopy?

A shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that assists in the diagnosing and treating of many different shoulder conditions.

The procedure involves a small camera called an arthroscope which is used to examine and/or repair the tissues in, and surrounding, the shoulder joint.

When should an arthroscopy be done?

Diseases and injuries can damage bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons. In conjunction with physical examinations and imaging (such as x-rays), a shoulder arthroscopy is a great tool to accurately diagnose a wide variety of shoulder conditions.

An arthroscopy allows an orthopaedic surgeon to get a detailed view of both the hard and soft tissues within the shoulder joint.

The most common conditions orthopaedic surgeons diagnose during shoulder arthroscopic surgery include:

  • Damaged joint surfaces (arthritis)
  • Impingements or tears of the rotator cuff
  • Calcium deposits in the rotator cuff
  • Torn ligaments in the lax gleno humeral
  • Loose fragments of bone or cartilage in the shoulder joint
  • Inflamed lining of the shoulder joint (frozen shoulder)

The decision to have a shoulder arthroscopy completed should be made in consultation with your GP and orthopaedic surgeon.

What can be learnt from the procedure?

Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery can diagnose disease and injury much earlier than without intervention. This results in earlier intervention for treatment of damaged or diseased bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and/or tendons.  Some treatments can be carried out during the arthroscopy procedure.

What is involved?

During an arthroscopic procedure a small incision is made in the skin for the arthroscope to access the shoulder joint. The surgeon will then explore the joint with lights and magnification tools from the lens of the arthroscope camera.

Recovery time

The great news is that due to the minimal invasion of the procedure, patients routinely have a short hospital stay and are expected to have a quick recovery time.


If you would like to discuss the shoulder arthroscopy procedure further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our rooms.

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