Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that provides a precise and effective means of diagnosing and treating various shoulder joint conditions. Dr. Jonathan Gelber performs arthroscopic shoulder surgery for conditions like rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability as a last resort if all other non-surgical options fail to yield lasting results.
What Is Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally invasive approach to diagnosing and treating shoulder joint problems. It involves making small incisions through which a tiny camera and specialized instruments are inserted. This allows Dr. Gelber to view the inside of the shoulder joint in real-time, making precise repairs to damaged tissues, removing loose fragments, and addressing conditions like rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and impingement. This approach results in shorter recovery times and less postoperative pain than traditional open surgeries.
Conditions That May Necessitate Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Labral tears
- Shoulder impingement
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Recurrent shoulder dislocations
- Biceps tendonitis
- Bone spurs (osteophytes)
- Inflamed synovium (synovitis)
- Arthritis of the shoulder joint
- Other conditions affecting the shoulders
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator cuff repair is designed to mend damaged or torn tendons within the rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint. Dr. Gelber uses minimally invasive techniques to insert a camera-equipped scope and specialized instruments through small incisions. This allows for precise visualization, following which Dr. Gelber repairs the damaged tissues and removes the impinging structures of the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff repair aims to restore shoulder function and alleviate pain for improved mobility.
Arthroscopic Surgery for Shoulder Instability
Arthroscopic surgery for shoulder instability is a minimally invasive procedure that addresses conditions where the shoulder joint frequently dislocates. Dr. Gelber makes small incisions and uses specialized instruments and a camera-equipped scope to access and repair damaged or stretched ligaments, labrum, or other structures that contribute to instability. This approach ensures precise correction while minimizing tissue disruption, leading to quicker recovery and reduced postoperative discomfort compared to open surgery. It also restores shoulder stability and prevents recurrent dislocations.
Benefits of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Smaller incisions and reduced tissue damage
- Minimized postoperative pain and discomfort
- Faster recovery and shorter hospital stays
- Lower risk of infection and complications
- Enhanced visualization of the surgical site
- Improved cosmetic outcomes with smaller scars
- Reduced blood loss during the procedure
- Possibility of outpatient or same-day surgery
- Quicker return to daily activities and sports
- Better preservation of healthy surrounding tissues
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Aftercare Guidelines:
- Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions
- Manage pain with prescribed medications
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling
- Keep the surgical site clean and dry
- Gradually start physical therapy as advised
- Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities
- Wear a sling or brace as recommended
- Attend follow-up appointments as scheduled
- Communicate any unusual symptoms or concerns with your surgeon
- Return to normal activities gradually and don’t push yourself
Consult Dr. Gelber Today
Dr. Jonathan Gelber, our board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, offers his expertise to patients seeking specialized orthopedic care. As a lifelong athlete himself, Dr. Gelber understands the challenges associated with shoulder joint problems. He is committed to helping you reclaim optimal mobility using the least invasive methods possible — he only recommends surgery as a last resort. Consult Dr. Gelber to address the root cause of your shoulder joint conditions and lead a pain-free life.