Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure utilised to diagnose and treat shoulder complications. During the surgery, the healthcare provider will make small incisions to repair the shoulder.

This type of procedure is generally conducted as an overnight procedure, meaning the patient can return home the next day.

If you have been experiencing shoulder pain, unable to find permanent relief, consider booking a consultation with Mr Andrew Gong, for shoulder arthroscopy. Melbourne residents can contact the practice to schedule a consultation.

What is Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery?

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which a surgeon uses a small camera and specialised surgical instruments inserted through small incisions to examine and treat problems in the affected shoulder joint. 

It is commonly used to repair damage to the rotator cuff, labrum, or other structures in the shoulder.

The goal of arthroscopic shoulder surgery is to diagnose and treat problems with the shoulder joint, such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, and impingement syndrome.

It may also be used to remove loose pieces of bone or cartilage, repair damaged tissues, or release scar tissue.

Arthroscopy, a type of keyhole surgery, is utilised to identify and address any issues in the shoulder joint. A telescope is inserted through tiny incisions in the skin to view the interior of the joint.

Signs & Symptoms You May Need a Shoulder Arthroscopy

A surgeon may recommend shoulder arthroscopy surgery if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the shoulder that does not go away with rest and activity modification
  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulder
  • Loss of strength in the shoulder
  • Instability in the shoulder
  • Pain when moving the shoulder in certain directions
  • A popping sensation when moving the shoulder in certain directions
  • A grinding sensation when moving the shoulder in certain directions
  • Swelling and/or warmth of the shoulder
  • Visible deformity in the shoulder

A Shoulder Arthroscopy Can Assist With These Types of Injuries:

  • Biceps tendon injuries
  • Bone spurs
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labrum tears, injuries to the tissue around your shoulder socket
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis (inflammation on the rotator cuff tendons)
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
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Shoulder arthroscopy is successfully able to assist with several shoulder conditions, such as shoulder blade pain.

How is a Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure Performed?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, to look inside the shoulder joint. The camera is connected to a monitor, allowing your surgeon to view the inside of your shoulder in real-time.

During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in your shoulder and insert the arthroscope. This allows the surgeon to examine the joint structures, such as the labrum, long head of biceps and cartilage for damage and to make any necessary repairs. The surgeon will then enter the space outside the joint where the rotator cuff tendons attach to the humerus.

The procedure may involve removing any damaged tissue or bone spurs, repairing a torn rotator cuff, or r. removing the bursaYour surgeon may also inject medications into the joint to reduce inflammation and swelling.

At the end of the procedure, the arthroscope and instruments are removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures. After the procedure, you may need to wear a sling to help support your shoulder while it heals. Medication may be subscribed to relieve pain and swelling.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery Post-Operative Recovery

After a shoulder arthroscopy surgery, recovery takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks.
After a shoulder arthroscopy surgery, recovery takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery post-operative recovery is typically relatively short and uncomplicated. In most cases, patients can return to light activities within a few weeks and can return to full physical activity within three to six months. Larger rotator cuff tears may require a longer period in a sling and more intensive physiotherapy to get the motion back.

It is important to follow the doctor’s post-operative instructions carefully and to begin physical therapy as soon as possible. A physical therapist will help the patient regain motion and strength in the shoulder.

They may also recommend exercises to help improve shoulder stability and strength. In addition, the patient should avoid putting too much stress on the shoulder, such as heavy lifting or contact sports.

With proper care, most people make a full recovery and can resume their normal activities without difficulty.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Risks to Consider

The risks and complications of shoulder arthroscopy include: 

  • Infections in the ball and socket joint
  • nerve injury
  • stiffness
  • bleeding
  • blood clots
  • damage to the blood vessels
  • joint instability
  • infection of the joint lining
  • risks are also associated with anaesthesia used during the procedure

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery cost in Melbourne

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery costs at any of our Melbourne clinics will depend on the specific condition of the shoulder.

Once Mr Andrew Gong has conducted a thorough assessment which may include blood tests, X-rays or scans, will be able to provide a detailed quotation. 

This will include the pricing of the surgical procedure, the hospital stay and the anaesthetist. We will also advise if any rebates apply for Medicare or any other health insurance.

How can Mr Andrew Gong can help with your shoulder arthroscopy

Mr Andrew Gong is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon in Melbourne that has successfully completed numerous shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction surgeries. He is trained in several shoulder procedures. He is experienced in using cutting-edge technology and techniques, including minimally invasive and shoulder arthroscopy 

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Mr Andrew Gong

MBBS, FRACS (Orth), F.A.Orth.A

Mr Andrew Gong is a highly skilled orthopaedic surgeon, with over two decades of experience in hip replacement surgeries. He is a fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and an overseas affiliate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you require more information on shoulder arthroscopy surgeries, please review our most frequently asked questions section. If you still need more detailed information please feel free to contact us directly.

Yes, arthroscopic shoulder surgery can repair an injured shoulder joint. The surgeon will use a tiny camera and tools to repair the joint during the procedure. 

This may include removing damaged tissue, repairing torn ligaments, smoothing out rough surfaces, and trimming away any bone spurs.

Shoulder arthroscopy is generally considered to be a safe procedure. It carries the same potential risks as any other type of surgery such as infection or nerve damage, however, the risks are considered to be quite low. 

Additionally, the benefits of shoulder arthroscopy can be significant, so it is often worth any potential risks associated with the surgery.

Recovery from shoulder arthroscopy typically takes 4-6 weeks. During this time, you may need to use a sling to protect your shoulder, as well as take pain medications and attend physical therapy sessions. 

It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding activity level and rehabilitation exercises to ensure a successful recovery.

Yes, a shoulder arthroscopy can be beneficial for a rotator cuff repair. This procedure is minimally invasive and can help repair the damage to the rotator cuff while avoiding the need for open surgery. 

Arthroscopy can also help identify any additional damage or issues that may need to be addressed during the repair procedure.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.
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