Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical method,that treats a large number of shoulder conditions. Using a small camera (arthroscope) inserted through a small incision, the surgeon will examine the area around and above the joint, i.e. tissues, cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments. Arthroscopic toolsare inserted through one to three smaller incisions and the process of correcting damage to muscles, tendons or cartilage begins.


Arthroscopy may be recommended for the treatment of the following shoulder problems:

  • Evaluation and treatment of shoulder instability

  • Assessment and treatment labrum tears and SLAP lesions

  • Pathology of the long head of the biceps

  • Rupture of the rotator cuff

  • Shoulder stiffness, frozen shoulder syndrome

  • Impingment syndrome

  • Pathology of the acromioclavicular joint

  • Removal of free/loose bodies

  • Surgical debridement/drainage of inflammation

Which procedures are done arthroscopically

  • Suturing of tendons (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis)

  • Tenodesis-Tenotomy of the long head of the biceps

  • Treatment of shoulder dislocation

  • Treatment of impingment syndrome with acromioplasty

  • Treatment of articular cartilage injuries (chondropathies)

  • Removal of free/loose bodies

  • Treatment of shoulder fractures

  • Removal of synovial membrane for biopsy

Advantages of shoulder arthroscopy

  • Minimal injury to the soft tissues of the joint,

  • Bloodless surgery,

  • Less post-operative pain,

  • Faster post-operative recovery


Although uncommon, complications can occur during or after arthroscopy. Local complications of arthroscopic procedures
(<1%) may include infection, venous thrombosis, bleeding, and vessel-nerve injury.

Postoperative course

Depending on the surgery, the length of hospital stay varies from 2 hours to 1 day, depending , depending on the severity of the surgery. Postoperatively, our patients receive a detailed recovery and exercise program. Their close post-operative monitoring ensures a smooth recovery.