Shoulder

The shoulder joint

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint that provides a large range of motion between the head of the humerus (ball) and the glenoid (socket). However, it requires strong stabilizers to keep the joint intact. Traumatic injuries and overuse can lead to tears in the rotator cuff (the stabilizing muscles), the labrum (the lining of the glenoid) and ligaments.

To perform a shoulder arthroscopy, your surgeon will make several small incisions around your shoulder to insert a small camera and specialized instruments.

What procedures can be performed with shoulder arthroscopy?

Bankart repair for shoulder dislocations

Labral repair

Rotator cuff repair

Acromioplasty for shoulder impingement

Biceps tenodesis for biceps injuries

Bankart repair

When the shoulder dislocates, the ligaments and labrum can be damaged. If these structures do not heal appropriately, the shoulder can remain unstable. A Bankart repair is a procedure that repairs the torn labrum in the front of the glenoid using sutures. This prevents the humeral head from dislocating forward on the glenoid.

Bankart repair

When the shoulder dislocates, the ligaments and labrum can be damaged. If these structures do not heal appropriately, the shoulder can remain unstable. A Bankart repair is a procedure that repairs the torn labrum in the front of the glenoid using sutures. This prevents the humeral head from dislocating forward on the glenoid.

Labrum repair

The lining of the shoulder socket can tear from an acute injury, a dislocation, or overuse. These tears are repaired arthroscopically with sutures.

How long is the surgery?

Depending on what repairs are required, about 1-2 hours.

Rotator cuff repair

The rotator cuff consists of four muscles that contain the head of the humerus in the glenoid. These muscles can be torn from an acute injury or overuse. Typically these injuries present with pain and some patients may note weakness with certain movements. A rotator cuff repair is performed arthroscopically to place sutures in the torn muscles and reattach them to the humerus.

Biceps tenodesis

The biceps is a muscle in the upper arm with two tendons (the long and short heads) that originate in the shoulder. The long head crosses over the shoulder joint and may be damaged from an acute injury, overuse, or impingement under the acromion. To alleviate symptoms, your surgeon may recommend a biceps tenodesis where the long head of the biceps is cut from its insertion on the scapula and reattached to the upper humerus.

Acromioplasty

The acromion is an extension of the shoulder blade (scapula) that curves over the shoulder and connects with the collar bone (clavicle). The acromion may be abnormally shaped, narrowing the space in the joint and causing impingement of the rotator cuff.

An acromioplasty is an arthroscopic procedure where the under surface of the acromion is shaved to relieve impingement on the rotator cuff.

How long does it take to recover?

Depending on the surgery, it will take 3-6 months to recover from an arthroscopic shoulder procedure.

Shoulder
Surgery
Price
Shoulder Arthroscopy
7,500
Shoulder Arthroscopy with Bankart Repair
11,000
Shoulder Arthroscopy with Labrum Repair
10,500
Shoulder Arthroscopy with Rotator Cuff Repair
11,000
Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
TBD

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