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Shoulder Arthroscopy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a shoulder arthroscopy?

A shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure to look inside your shoulder with an arthroscope. An arthroscope is a thin tube with a light and camera on the end. During a shoulder arthroscopy, your healthcare provider may fix problems in your joint. Problems may include a torn rotator cuff, swollen tissue, or bone spurs.

How do I prepare for a shoulder arthroscopy?

What will happen during a shoulder arthroscopy?

What will happen after a shoulder arthroscopy?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may need an x-ray to look at your shoulder joint and monitor for complications. Do not move your shoulder until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You may be given instructions on what movements to avoid. You may able to go home when your pain is controlled or you may need to spend a night in the hospital.

What are the risks of a shoulder arthroscopy?

You may get an infection. Nerves, ligaments, tendons, or blood vessels may be damaged during your procedure. You may get a blood clot in your arm or have trouble moving your shoulder.

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