Shoulder Arthroscopy Offered at Our Reno, NV, Location as an Alternative to Traditional Open Surgery
Shoulder arthroscopy is being offered to patients at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, office as an alternative to traditional open shoulder surgery. The experts at our Reno location regularly use shoulder arthroscopy to both diagnose and treat shoulder injuries such as bone spurs, rotator cuff tears, and recurring shoulder dislocations.
Arthroscopy, in general, involves using an arthroscope (a small camera) to guide miniature surgical instruments inside the body. The typical arthroscopic process is as follows:
- The surgeon makes a small incision and inserts the arthroscope, which is connected to a video monitor in the operating room, into the area at issue. During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon would insert the arthroscope into the shoulder joint.
- The surgeon uses the arthroscope to inspect the tissue surrounding the affected area.
- Guided by the arthroscope, the surgeon uses miniature surgical instruments to make any necessary repairs to the surrounding tissue.
The primary benefit associated with shoulder arthroscopy is that it can be performed using a smaller incision than what would be required for traditional open shoulder surgery, since the arthroscope allows the surgeon to see inside the body with a tiny camera instead of the naked eye. Because arthroscopic incisions are smaller than those used in traditional surgery, patients typically experience less resulting pain and stiffness after surgery, and require a shorter hospital stay and less recovery time. The smaller arthroscopic incisions also often do not require stitches, and tend to lead to less wound complications.
If you’re in the Reno, NV, area and would like to learn more about how shoulder arthroscopy compares to traditional open shoulder surgery, please call us today. One of our knowledgeable team members would be happy to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have regarding this surgical approach.