What is a shoulder arthroscopy?
If you are living with shoulder pain caused by injury, infection or other underlying conditions in your shoulder, your consultant may recommend a shoulder arthroscopy.
A shoulder arthroscopy (also called keyhole shoulder surgery) is used to investigate or treat issues and pain within the shoulder by allowing your surgeon to get a better view of the inside of the joint without the need to fully open it up. A thin tube with a camera is inserted through small incisions in your skin around the shoulder joint, allowing your surgeon to identify what is causing you pain.
They should usually be able to treat some problems within the joint at the same time, such as repairing or removing torn tissue with surgical instruments.
Are there any alternatives to a shoulder arthroscopy?
Problems inside a joint can often be diagnosed using tests such as CT and MRI scans. However, you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.
An arthroscopy is a much less invasive surgical procedure than others, with a shorter recovery period.
What does a shoulder arthroscopy involve?
The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about forty minutes.
Your surgeon will usually make about two to four small incisions around the joint. They will place a thin telescope (camera) through one of the cuts so they can examine the joint and place surgical instruments through the other incisions if they need to treat any problems with the joint.
A Patient’s Guide to: Shoulder Arthroscopy
This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.
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Guide price for self pay patients
Arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression and excision of distal clavical
|Estimated Cost *|
|Initial Consultation||from £220|
Estimated total cost £3,975
Estimated length of stay 1 night
* The guide price is correct as of 14th April 2021
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