Woman with neck and shoulder pain.
Woman with neck and shoulder pain.

What Are the Benefits of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery has changed the way shoulder surgeons do surgery and when and if patients consider having it performed. In the past many people would put off needed shoulder surgery or never have it at all due to all the possible complications that could result from traditional open surgery. Now, more people are getting pain relief than ever. What are the benefits of arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Treats Multiple Shoulder InjuriesWoman with neck and shoulder pain.

Shoulder arthroscopy has been performed since the 70s. It was originally a diagnostic tool, but has evolved to become a way to treat shoulder injuries. Today shoulder surgeon Samuel Koo, MD uses a small camera to get a look inside the joint called an endoscope used to repair many types of shoulder injuries. The image is projected onto a video monitor, so surgeons can get a close up look as they work.

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery can treat multiple kinds of injuries including the following:

This procedure allows your surgeon to see where the damage to tissue has occurred, how extensive it is, and what exactly needs to be done.

When other treatments for these injuries are not successful, arthroscopic surgery is the best option.

Smaller Incision(s) Equals Fewer Complications

Because the arthroscope and tiny instruments are very thin, Dr. Koo only needs to make very small incisions instead of one larger incision used in standard open surgery.

There is no damage to nearby tissue and the patient experiences less pain. There is a lower chance of infection, less blood loss, and a quicker recovery time.

It’s an Outpatient Procedure

Because this kind of surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, you are able to go home the same day and complete your recovery at home. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you at least the first night. Depending on the type of surgery, you may need to wear a sling for a few weeks.

Expect to have some pain and discomfort for several weeks. Use ice and over-the-counter meds as needed. Let Dr. Koo know if you need anything stronger for pain.

This allows for everyone, including athletes to get back to normal activities quicker and with less complications.

Rehab will likely be recommended to regain range of motion and strength.

If you have been postponing shoulder surgery, now is the time to talk with shoulder specialist Samuel Koo, MD, and find out if you are a good candidate for arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Call (425) 823-4000 to schedule an appointment at our office in Kirkland, or request an appointment through our secure online form. Dr. Koo sees patients from Seattle, Redmon, Bellevue, and the surrounding areas.