What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgery to examine or repair tissues in and around your shoulder joint. Your surgeon will make a small incision in your shoulder and insert a pencil-thin camera, called an arthroscope. This allows the surgeon to take a closer look at the condition of your shoulder. If the joint needs to be repaired, the doctor will insert surgical instruments through other small incisions.

Shoulder arthroscopy uses smaller incisions than open surgery, so it usually involves a faster recovery and fewer complications. Not all shoulder problems can be repaired with arthroscopy, though. Your surgeon will recommend the best method for repairing your shoulder.

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