So you've been told you need a Shoulder Arthroscopy, but what does that mean? When you're having orthopaedic surgery, there's a lot of medical jargon to wade through, and it can be overwhelming. Let's have a look at precisely what’s involved.
Dr. David Colvin, trained in orthopaedic surgery in Perth. David's specialty is knee and shoulder surgery and sports injuries.
What is a Shoulder Arthroscopy?
Shoulder Arthroscopy is a procedure that orthopaedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside your shoulder joint. They use a small camera, called an arthroscope, and surgical instruments to examine and repair the tissues in and around the shoulder. All this is done by making small incisions in your skin. This takes away the need to make larger cuts for more invasive open surgery.
Shoulder Arthroscopy as a treatment option.
Dr Colvin may recommend Shoulder Arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that isn't responding to non-surgical treatment. Generally, non-surgical treatments include rest, physiotherapy, and medications or injections to reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint.
Inflammation is one of the ways our body reacts to injury or disease. In an injured shoulder joint, inflammation causes swelling, pain and stiffness.
Shoulder arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms associated with damage to the rotator cuff tendons, labrum, articular cartilage, and other soft tissues around the joint. It’s commonly used in the following procedures:
Shoulder Bursitis Handout
Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilisation
Get in touch with us!
Dr David Colvin consults at:
Western Orthopaedic Clinic
Suite 213, 25 McCourt Street,
Subiaco WA 6008 (Perth)
- These rooms are part of St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
- Parking is available on site.
Dr David Colvin operates at: