The word arthroscopy literally means “to look inside the joint.” Our shoulders are so important to everyday life, but we don’t pay attention to those important joints until we are in pain or they are so stiff that the joint has a limited range of motion. To learn more about shoulder arthroscopy in Oklahoma City, contact our office.
What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy itself is a type of surgical procedure where an orthopedic surgeon inspects, diagnoses, and repairs any problems within the joint. The surgical instruments used for arthroscopy are so thin (including the arthroscope) that the surgeon uses only tiny openings to perform the surgery. Because the surgery is less invasive, the recovery time is much quicker, and there is less discomfort.
Procedure and Recovery
The surgeon will make a small incision for the arthroscope, which includes a camera. The surgeon then uses this to verify the problem and fix it using surgical instruments of the same size as the arthroscope. During the recovery, you’ll need to follow all aftercare instructions. The doctor can prescribe medication for any discomfort you may experience. While at home, your recovery will still take some time, but it won’t be nearly as long as with standard open surgery. Once sufficiently recovered, participating in physical therapy will help recover your full range of motion in the shoulder.
Questions to Ask
When discussing your options with an orthopedic surgeon, don’t be shy about inquiring into the doctor’s certification and experience. If you have certain health conditions (like diabetes) or you participate in certain activities (like smoking or drinking) that increase your risk of complications, be sure to discuss these with our surgeon.
Some basic questions to consider asking include:
- How much will the surgery improve my range of motion?
- What are the risks during and after surgery?
- Which medication(s) should I stop taking before surgery?
- How much discomfort should I expect after surgery?
- What are the signs of complications I might expect from the surgery?
- When will I start physical therapy?
- During recovery, what will my physical limitations be?
Is Shoulder Arthroscopy Right for You?
Shoulder arthroscopy is recommended if you feel chronic pain or stiffness that hasn’t responded to less invasive treatments, like physical therapy. To learn more about shoulder arthroscopy in Oklahoma City, talk to our doctor and staff at Olsen Orthopedics in Midwest City. Dr. Olsen is a talented and experienced shoulder and knee doctor, and he would be more than happy to evaluate your case. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started.