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A patient is fully sedated. Under general anesthesia, the surgeon injects fluid into the shoulder joint. This fluid clears the joint so that the structures are easily seen through the arthroscope. A very small incision is made and the fiber optic camera is inserted into the joint. Images are projected onto a monitor to help guide the surgeon through the procedure. Other small incisions are made for the instruments that will be used to make any repairs.
Several small incisions are made around the shoulder joint. The total number may depend on the complexity of the repair and/or location.
Patients normally are released the same day of surgery. In some cases, you may need to stay overnight. Physical therapy will be prescribed to help you regain use mobility.
Most patients have some pain the first week and may need to have pain medication prescribed to ease their discomfort. If your procedure was more extensive, expect the pain to subside in a few weeks. Full recovery takes a few weeks up to several months, based on the complexity of your repair. Your doctor can advise you on activities that will help you regain your strength.
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