Shoulder Arthroscopy
What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy or shoulder surgery is a procedure used mainly to repair injuries caused by accidents, wear associated with some sports, age, or to address some effects of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The most common injuries that are treated through shoulder arthroscopy are dislocations, damage or breaks in the tendons of the rotator cuff, pinching and instability of the shoulder.

Who are candidates for surgery?

People with chronic and / or acute pain, patients with injuries that have produced the rupture of a rotator cuff tendon or limited movement of the shoulder.

Before Surgery

Before undergoing an arthroscopy, it is necessary for the patient to submit to tests (x-rays and / or MRIs), in addition to the review by an internist in some cases.


The procedure takes approximately eighty minutes to two hours and general anesthesia is used. Usually the patient requires a few hours to a day of hospitalization.

It is done through a procedure called arthroscopy, in which three to four incisions are made in the area of the affected shoulder, no larger than one centimeter, through which a camera and surgical instruments are inserted to execute the procedure.

After Surgery Recovery

Recovery duration ranges from one to six months. At the beginning the patient should use a sling to protect the shoulder and limit its movement. It is important to attend to all the physician’s recommendations to avoid complications.

After two or three weeks of the intervention it is advisable to take ten to twenty rehabilitation therapy sessions.

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