Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in the shoulder joint. The surgery involves making small incisions in the shoulder and inserting an arthroscope, a small camera, and surgical instruments into the joint.

During the procedure, the surgeon can examine the inside of the shoulder joint and repair or remove any damaged tissue, such as torn rotator cuff tendons, labral tears, or bone spurs. The surgery usually takes about an hour and is performed under general anesthesia.

After the surgery, the patient may need to wear a sling to support the shoulder and will typically start physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility in the shoulder. Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual’s overall health, but most patients can return to normal activities within a few weeks.

Shoulder arthroscopy is generally considered a safe procedure with low risks of complications, such as infection, bleeding, or nerve damage. However, as with any surgery, there are always risks involved, and it is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with your doctor.

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