Shoulder dislocations, especially recurrent ones, can be extremely debilitating. They not only cause excruciating pain but also limit your ability to perform even the simplest of daily activities. If you’ve been grappling with recurrent shoulder dislocations, you’re not alone. Fortunately, modern medicine offers a solution in the form of shoulder arthroscopic surgery. In this blog, I, an orthopaedic surgeon, will guide you through the procedure and what you can expect from it.
A Minimally Invasive Approach:
Shoulder arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of recurrent shoulder dislocations. Instead of traditional open surgery, which involves a larger incision, arthroscopic surgery uses small incisions and a tiny camera called an arthroscope to view and repair the damaged structures within the shoulder joint.
1. Anesthesia: The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
2. Incisions: Small incisions, usually less than a centimeter in size, are made around the shoulder.
3. Arthroscopy: The arthroscope is inserted through one of the incisions, allowing the surgeon to visualize the inside of the shoulder joint on a screen.
4. Repair: Using specialized surgical instruments, the surgeon repairs and tightens the damaged ligaments, tendons, or labrum that contribute to shoulder instability.
5. Closure: Once the repairs are complete, the incisions are closed with stitches or small bandages.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
After the surgery, you’ll need to follow a carefully planned rehabilitation program. This program will involve exercises to improve strength, range of motion, and stability in your shoulder. It’s essential to adhere to your surgeon’s instructions to achieve the best results.
Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery
1. Minimally Invasive: Smaller incisions mean less tissue damage and a quicker recovery.
2. Precision: The arthroscope allows for precise visualization and targeted repairs.
3. Reduced Pain: Patients often experience less post-operative pain compared to open surgery.
4. Faster Recovery: Many patients can return to their daily activities and sports sooner.
Shoulder arthroscopic surgery offers hope and relief to those suffering from recurrent shoulder dislocations. While no surgery is without risks, the benefits of this minimally invasive approach are substantial. If you’re struggling with recurrent shoulder dislocations, consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine if arthroscopic surgery is the right option for you. Regaining shoulder stability can mean regaining your freedom and quality of life.