Frequently Asked Questions
What is Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Arthroscopic Shoulder is a surgery that involves the insertion of Arthroscope into the shoulder to look at the damaged or injured joints, diagnose problems, repair damaged joints, etc. The arthroscope is an instrument that contains a fiber-optic video camera which sends the images to the monitor. Arthroscopic Shoulder surgery is used to treat and diagnose a variety of shoulder problems. There are different types of Arthroscopic Shoulder surgery. They are:
- Rotator cuff repair
- Surgery for impingement syndrome
- Surgery for shoulder instability
What are the advantages of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the advantages of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- The risk of complications is less
- There is no scarring or limited scarring
- The post-operative pain is less
What are the indications of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the indications of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Torn rotator cuff
- Torn or damaged biceps tendon
- Torn or damaged shoulder cartilage or ligaments
- Shoulder instability
- Bone spur
- Inflammation or damaged lining of the shoulder joint (rheumatoid arthritis)
- Arthritis of the end of the clavicle
- Loose tissues that need to be removed
- Shoulder injury
What is the preparation for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the preparation steps involved in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- You may be asked about your present and past medical history and medication history.
- The doctor may ask you to undergo different lab tests before the surgery.
- Inform your doctor if you are using any blood thinners or pain killers.
What are the steps involved in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the steps involved in the Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- General anesthesia will be given to avoid pain during the surgery.
- The next step involves making a small incision on the shoulder that is to be operated.
- Through this incision, the Arthroscope is inserted to view the damage in the joint.
- Other small incisions may be made to pass other surgical instruments.
- The other surgical instruments are used to cut, grind, grasp, or to repair the joint.
- After correcting the joint, the instruments are removed gently.
- Since the incision is small, it can be closed using 1 or 2 sutures or with the sterile adhesive tapes.
What is the post-surgery care/recovery care for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the post-care steps to be followed after the surgery:
- After the surgery, the patient will be feeling very drowsy for the next few hours.
- There may be pain and discomfort post-surgery.
- The doctor will prescribe some painkillers to reduce the pain.
- Follow all the instructions given by the doctor without fail.
- If bleeding is seen at the incision site, consult the doctor as soon as possible.
- The patient may be recommended to use temporary splints, clutches, or slings for comfort and protection.
- Physical therapy and some exercises are recommended to strengthen the muscles and help in improving the function of the joint.
- If the symptoms like fever, drainage, pain that is not suppressed by medication, redness or swelling, tingling sensation, etc are developed; consult the doctor immediately.
- There should be follow-up visits to the doctor once in a while to monitor your condition.
Who can perform Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery [Right specialist for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery]?
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery can be performed by a certified and skilled Orthopedic surgeon or an Orthopedic doctor who is well experienced in Arthroscopy.
What is the cost of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The cost of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery may vary according to the following factors:
- Admission fee
- Doctor fee
- Age of the patient
- Type of Arthroscopic surgery
- The medical condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Admission room that you opted for
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc
Minimum amount to be paid in Chennai starts from Rs.85,500
Average charges in Chennai is approximately Rs.1,14,000
Maximum cost in Chennai rises up to Rs.1,42,000
Is Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery a major surgery or minor surgery?
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery is considered a minor surgery since small incisions are made instead of large incisions.
What is the eligibility criteria for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the eligibility criteria for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Patients who are experiencing pain that cannot be managed with the medications.
- Patients who are finding difficulty in performing normal activities for more than 6 months.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the ineligibility criteria for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Overweight or obesity
- Active infection
What are the risks and complications associated with Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the risks and complications involved in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Blood clots
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
How long does it take to complete Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery can be completed in 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of procedure that is being carried out.
What is the recovery time?
Within a few days after the surgery, the patient can go back to light activities or desk work which does not involve much physical strain. The recovery period may vary from one patient to another. It depends on the patient's health condition.
What is the success rate of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure and has about a 90% success rate.
Is Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery painful?
Every surgical procedure comes with a certain level of pain and some discomfort. You won't be experiencing pain during this process because you will be under anesthesia. There may be some discomfort after the procedure.
What are the long-term results of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The long-term results of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery are:
- Symptoms are relieved
- Pain relief
- Improvement in the quality of life
- Active participation in daily activities
Can Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery be detected in future?
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery involves a minimally invasive process. These incisions may leave small scars sometimes. Other than the scars, it cannot be detected in the future.
What are the options if Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery fails?
If Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery fails then your doctor may suggest a revision surgery.
What are the alternatives for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
The following are the alternatives for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery:
- Weight management