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Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery

The complexity of the shoulder joint allows for a wide range of motion, but this requires all components to work correctly. Injury, aging and disease can impact function of the shoulder joint, requiring treatment. When surgery is needed, there are minimally-invasive options for some shoulder conditions. Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds is an orthopedic surgeon who offers arthroscopic surgery for many shoulder conditions at his practice in the Bay area.

With arthroscopic surgery, the inside of the shoulder can be viewed and repaired through a tiny incision near the joint. An arthroscope can enter the joint, revealing the interior with a small digital camera and specialized lighting device. This technology allows Dr. Reynolds to have a better view of the joint and perform delicate repairs with micro instruments through the small incision.

When a smaller incision is used, there is less trauma to the shoulder tissues. The surgery is outpatient, allowing the patient to return home the same day. Arthroscopy is usually less painful and offers a quicker recovery than open surgery, often with fewer risks. For the patient, this can mean fewer costs and returning to their normal activities quicker than with other surgery options.

Shoulder Conditions Treated with Arthroscopy

The shoulder joint contains tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones and other elements that can require repair through surgery. Arthroscopy offers a minimally-invasive option with a smaller scar and less trauma for the patient. Some shoulder conditions that may be ideal for arthroscopic surgery include:

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation
  • Biceps Tendon Tears (connected at the shoulder)
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Infection
  • Labral Lesions or Tears (SLAP Tears & Bankart Tears)
  • Ligament tears
  • Os Acromiale
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Suprascapular Nerve Compression

Shoulder conditions can be painful and reduce mobility. If you have been suffering from a shoulder condition that requires surgery, there may be minimally-invasive surgical options. Contact Dr. Reynolds to book an examination and consultation to find out if shoulder arthroscopic surgery may be the best treatment for your condition.

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