Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedures for Patients from Hampton, Williamsburg, and Newport News, VA
Shoulder arthroscopy is a technique that has revolutionized the surgical treatment of conditions and injuries that affect the shoulder, such as rotator cuff tears. Individuals in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia, and elsewhere on the Peninsula who are interested in learning about recent advances in orthopaedic surgery, including shoulder arthroscopy, are encouraged to consult with the fellowship-trained surgeons at Tidewater Orthopaedics.
During an arthroscopic shoulder procedure, a surgeon creates a small incision in the shoulder and inserts a tiny video camera with a fiber-optic lens (arthroscope), which allows the surgeon to clearly view the internal structure of the shoulder joint. In addition to helping a surgeon make a diagnosis, shoulder arthroscopy can be used to perform surgical procedures for a wide range of purposes, such as:
- Removing loose bodies, such as bone fragments, from the joint
- Repairing a torn labrum
- Reconstructing torn ligaments to prevent recurrent dislocation
- Restoring torn rotator cuff tendons
- Washing out infection-related debris
Arthroscopy can also be utilized outside the shoulder joint in the subacromial bursa, a small fluid-filled sac located beneath the bony prominence at the top of the shoulder, to remove bone spurs or reconstruct an arthritic acromioclavicular joint.
When working with a patient who has a shoulder injury or condition, the goal of each surgeon at Tidewater Orthopaedics in Hampton Roads is to address the issue by recommending the most appropriate form of treatment. For some patients, a shoulder arthroscopy can be very beneficial. Because this technique involves the use of an arthroscope to create highly magnified images, a surgeon can view and perform the surgery through tiny incisions, which can minimize tissue damage, scarring, and the healing and rehabilitation process.
Of course, an arthroscope is merely a tool – it is the skill and experience of the surgeon who utilizes that tool that can truly make a difference. The specialized, fellowship-trained surgeons at Tidewater Orthopaedics perform a high number of shoulder arthroscopy and other minimally invasive procedures each year, and they consistently achieve successful outcomes. As a result, Tidewater Orthopaedics is able to offer a level of surgical expertise that far exceeds that of other providers serving Hampton, Williamsburg, and Newport News, VA.
To schedule an appointment to discuss shoulder arthroscopy with a physician, call Tidewater Orthopaedics at 757-827-2480. We make patient education a priority, and we do everything possible to help prospective patients make informed decisions about their treatment options.