Shoulder Arthroscopy


Pictures of the Rotator Cuff tendon taken at a shoulder arthroscopy, on the left is a small tear of the tendon and on the right is an area of inflammation around a calcium deposit (see ‘Rotator Cuff’)

Shoulder Arthroscopy (Key Hole Surgery) is a surgical technique that allows the shoulder to be examined through small incisions. It has been established as a technique over 20 years and is now commonly used to treat a range of shoulder problems including tendon impingement, rotator cuff tendon tears and unstable shoulders. Surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as a day admission to hospital although this may depend on the patient’s general health and the complexity of the operation. The main advantage arthroscopic surgery more traditional surgical techniques, is that there is less disturbance of the surrounding muscles  resulting in relatively less pain which allows easier and earlier rehabilitation of the shoulder.