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About Shoulder Arthroscopy

If you have a painful shoulder condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options including rest, physical therapy and medications or injections to reduce pain and inflammation, shoulder arthroscopic surgery may be an option. Knee arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms accompanied with conditions that damage the cartilage surfaces and other soft tissues surrounding the joint. Arthroscopic surgery is considered to be minimally invasive with a shorter recovery time for patients. Our orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine providers work with you on developing a specialized treatment plan with your goals in mind with a team dedicated to helping you every step of the way.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery at UT Health Austin

Upon evaluation of your shoulder, your clinician will discuss whether shoulder arthroscopy surgery is the best method for diagnosing and possibly correcting your injury or condition. Your care team will walk you through the risks and benefits as well as what to expect from the procedure and recovery process. Shoulder arthroscopy allows your physician to view the shoulder joint without making a large incision. A small camera is inserted to view the joint and diagnose your condition, if surgical correction is needed, small instruments will be inserted to complete the procedure. Recovery from shoulder arthroscopy is typically faster due to the less invasive approach and patients do tend to see a reduction in pain and improvement in function.

Common arthroscopic procedures for the shoulder include:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Bone spur removal
  • Removal or repair of the labrum
  • Repair of ligaments
  • Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage
  • Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

Care Team Approach

We have assembled a team of experts that includes hip and knee orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.