If you have shoulder pain that hasn’t responded to conservative treatments like rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, or physical therapy, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Arash A. Dini, MD can perform minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy surgery. He often does shoulder arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure at his self-named orthopedic practice in Encino and the Mid-Wilshire areas of Los Angeles. Call or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment of your shoulder pain.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in your shoulder. Dr. Dini uses a special surgical tool called an arthroscope to see inside your shoulder.
An arthroscope is a thin surgical tool with a camera and light on the tip that is inserted through a small incision into a joint. The arthroscope sends images to a monitor in the treatment room so Dr. Dini can see the inside of a joint without having to make a large cut into your shoulder.
Dr. Dini often uses shoulder arthroscopy for procedures including:
Shoulder arthroscopy is often an effective method to address shoulder problems while also providing a more comfortable recovery than open surgery.
Shoulder arthroscopy is usually an outpatient procedure performed while you’re under general anesthesia. Dr. Dini makes small incisions in your shoulder and inserts the arthroscope. He inflates your shoulder with gas, which allows the arthroscope to move freely and send clear images.
Dr. Dini examines your shoulder, then inserts additional specially designed surgical tools to remove damaged tissue or repair your shoulder. When your surgery is complete, Dr. Dini removes the surgical instruments, closes your incisions and bandages your shoulder.
You’ll spend a few hours recovering from sedation before Dr. Dini allows you to go home. He provides customized instructions to help you through your recovery.
It’s common to have some swelling and discomfort for about a week after surgery, but you should be able to manage your pain with rest, ice, and medication. Dr. Dini also provides a sling or other immobilizing device to keep your shoulder secure while it heals. He may also prescribe physical therapy to help you rebuild strength and flexibility in your shoulder.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a relatively quick procedure that usually takes less than two hours. Recovery is often quicker and easier than in traditional surgeries.
There is also less trauma to your soft tissues during surgery. The small incisions also decrease your risk of infection and scarring.
If you’re living with shoulder pain, call or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and surgical care.