The Role of Arthroscopy in Resolving Your Shoulder Pain

Arthroscopy can be performed on most any joint. It’s mostly used to diagnose and treat problems in the shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, elbow, and wrist.

Dr. Arash Dini is experienced and knowledgeable in performing arthroscopic procedures. Some issues can be diagnosed with shoulder arthroscopy, and certain problems can be repaired. 

The arthroscopic procedure

When you have shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Dini makes a tiny incision so that he can insert a small tube with a camera and a light. The camera’s view is transferred to a monitor so that Dr. Dini can see your joint.

Depending on your situation, he may want to look at your joint to better understand why your shoulder hurts, or he may want to have a clear view as he repairs a problem. 

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive, which means the incision is small. It heals much more quickly than the larger incision that traditional surgery requires. On top of that, there’s less risk of infection, and the procedure itself is usually much faster than a traditional surgery. 

Common shoulder problems

Your shoulder is an amazing joint. It’s the most mobile joint in your body. If you think about the difference in how your shoulder and your hip or knee moves, for example, you can see that your shoulder is unique.

The reason you can move your arm in so many directions is that the “socket” part of your shoulder joint, the scapula, is quite shallow. The ball part of the joint, the top of your arm bone, is held in place with soft tissues -- your rotator cuff, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

When those soft tissues are injured, you feel pain. In many instances, treatments such as rest, bracing, and physical therapy to strengthen the structures that support your shoulder joint can lead to healing. However, sometimes, those approaches aren’t enough. 

Arthroscopic repairs

Arthroscopy can be used to correct several common shoulder problems. A torn rotator cuff can be repaired, bone spurs can be removed through arthroscopy, and ligaments can be repaired.

Sometimes your shoulder pain may be due to inflamed or damaged tissue. Dr. Dini can remove such tissue during an arthroscopic procedure. Dislocation can be corrected, and torn tissues can be reattached.

Before surgery

Prior to surgery, Dr. Dini requests numerous diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, and possibly an electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, or other tests that your medical history may suggest you need. He’ll also examine your shoulder and discuss the procedure to make sure you understand why it’s necessary. 

The day of surgery

Arthroscopy is usually an outpatient procedure, so you don’t need to plan an overnight hospital stay. However, you’ll likely be under general anesthesia, so you will need to be at the facility long enough to recover from anesthesia, and you’ll need to plan for someone to drive you home. 

Most of the time, arthroscopy only takes about an hour, but if Dr. Dini finds more that needs to be repaired than expected, it could take longer. 

Recovery

Our staff gives thorough instructions for you to follow when you get home. Generally, it takes several weeks to fully recover. You may experience pain for a number of weeks. Ice can help, and Dr. Dini may prescribe medication depending on your situation. 

After shoulder arthroscopy, you’ll need rehabilitation to strengthen your shoulder as it heals and to help you avoid future injury. Dr. Dini may refer you to a physical therapist to provide therapy and help you understand how much you can and should do and when. 

Resolve the pain, at last

If you’ve struggled with shoulder pain for a long time, arthroscopy may be the best way to resolve that pain. Often, patients who have tried many other treatment approaches find relief through arthroscopy. Make an appointment to talk to Dr. Dini and find out if this minimally invasive surgery could be the answer to resolving your pain.

We have two offices for your convenience. Schedule an appointment at our Los Angeles office by calling 323-525-0101, or at our Encino office at 818-784-1020.

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