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Specialties: Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure Overview

Why the Procedure is Performed

Arthroscopy may be recommended for shoulder problems, such as:


The risks for any anesthesia are: The risks for any surgery are: Additional risks include:

Outlook (Prognosis)

Arthroscopy is an alternative to "open" surgery that completely exposes the shoulder joint. Arthroscopy results in less pain and stiffness, fewer complications, shorter (if any) hospital stays, and possibly faster recovery time.

The expectations vary depending on the purpose of the surgery. In cases where repair is needed, the body still has to heal after arthroscopic surgery, just as if the surgery were open. Therefore, the overall recovery time may still be long.

Surgery to fix a cartilage tear is usually performed because the shoulder is not stable. Many people recover fully, and the symptoms of instability go away. However, some people can still have instability of the shoulder after arthroscopic repair.

Using arthroscopy for rotator cuff repairs or tendonitis usually relieves the pain, but you may or may not regain all of your strength.


Recovery can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months, depending on the surgery that was performed. You will probably have to wear a sling for the first week. If you had a more extensive repair, you may have to wear the sling for a longer period. You may take medications to control your pain.

When you can return to work or play sports will depend on the surgery that was performed, but it can range from 1 week to several months.

For many procedures, especially if a repair is performed, physical therapy may help you regain the motion and strength of your shoulder. The length of therapy will depend on the repair that was done.

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