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Shoulder Arthroscopy

Christopher  S  Durant, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

C D Orthopedics, PC

Christopher S Durant, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Brentwood, NY

Shoulder pain is a common problem that affects between 18-25% of the adult population at any given time. If you regularly suffer from shoulder pain and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, you may qualify for shoulder arthroscopy. At C D Orthopedics, PC, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Christopher Durant, MD, uses shoulder arthroscopy to diagnose and treat various problems, including arthritis, rotator cuff tears, and frozen shoulder. To make an appointment at the practice in Brentwood, New York, call the office or schedule online today.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q&A

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that diagnoses and treats problems affecting your shoulder joint. It’s a surgical technique first developed in the 1970s that provides a safe and effective way to address musculoskeletal issues.

Shoulder arthroscopy is much quicker than traditional shoulder surgery. What’s more, it requires smaller incisions and less downtime, while providing lasting results.

What conditions can benefit from shoulder arthroscopy?

Dr. Durant treats musculoskeletal injuries and diseases using conservative, noninvasive measures whenever possible. If you regularly experience shoulder pain and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments like rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication, it may point to a more serious underlying issue.

Dr. Durant uses shoulder arthroscopy to determine the source of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan. He regularly uses shoulder arthroscopy to perform various procedures, including:

  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Repair of torn ligaments
  • Removal or repair of the labrum
  • Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage

You might also benefit from shoulder arthroscopy if you play contact sports like football or hockey and dislocate your shoulder.

How do I prepare for shoulder arthroscopy?

About two weeks before your procedure, Dr. Durant conducts an in-office consultation. During this appointment, let him know if you take any prescription drugs, vitamins, or supplements regularly. 

In addition, let Dr. Durant know if you have an underlying medical condition like kidney disease or high blood pressure. These ailments won’t necessarily prevent you from undergoing arthroscopy, but they may increase the risk of surgical complications.

Dr. Durant might ask you to stop taking certain medications or blood thinners in the weeks leading up to your shoulder arthroscopy. You’ll also need to fast for at least 12 hours before your procedure.

What does shoulder arthroscopy involve?

Shoulder arthroscopy occurs on an outpatient basis. On the day of your procedure, you change into a gown and Dr. Durant moves you to an operating suite. Depending on the area of your shoulder treated, Dr. Durant has you lie down on your side or recline in a semi-seated position.

Once you’re comfortable, he administers anesthesia. When the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Durant makes a small incision near your shoulder joint and carefully inserts the arthroscope –– a thin tube with a light and camera on the end –– through it.  Dr. Durant uses the arthroscope to inspect your shoulder joint.

When he determines the source of your discomfort, he uses small, specialized surgical tools to make the necessary repairs. Afterward, he removes the arthroscope, stitches up the incision, and provides you with care instructions.

To learn more about the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy, make an appointment at C D Orthopedics, PC, by calling the office, or scheduling online today.