SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT - ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY
IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME occurs when bony growths called spurs can pinch on your rotator cuff tendons causing pain and inflammation with shoulder activities.
Shoulder arthroscopy is surgery that uses a special camera called an arthroscope to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint. This procedures is recommended for shoulder impingement syndrome to make more room for Rotator Cuff tendons.
THE PROCEDURE: You will receive a block and general anesthesia before the surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel the pain. During the procedure, the surgeon:
Inserts the arthroscope into your shoulder through a small incision. The scope is connected to a video monitor in the operating room.
Inspects all the tissues of your shoulder joint and the area above the joint. These tissues include the cartilage, bones, tendons, and ligaments.
Cleans out damaged or inflamed tissue in the area above the shoulder joint. A ligament, called the coracoacromial ligament may be released. Spurs on the shoulder blade and collar bone are usually shaved off to make more space for the rotator cuff.