The decision to have any surgery is a serious and difficult one -- one you should seek to make in conjunction with your orthopedic surgeon, your primary care physician, and your family members. In the past, shoulder instability surgery has been particularly invasive, resulting in a painful and lengthy recovery period that can quickly become costly. However, a procedure known as shoulder arthroscopy has offered a less invasive solution to these troubling effects of surgery.
Dr. Joseph Norris is highly experienced in providing arthroscopic shoulder instability surgery to patients who need effective, long-term treatment for shoulder pain. Using state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive techniques, Dr. Norris is able to create a smaller incision during your surgery and insert an arthroscope to see your joint, minimizing trauma to the muscles around your shoulder and resulting in a faster, less painful recovery period.
If you’ve been living with debilitating pain in your shoulders, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as wear and tear will only increase the damage with time. Don’t delay -- if you’re ready to restore your affected shoulder and live pain-free, schedule your first appointment with Dr. Joseph Norris today.
During an arthroscopic shoulder surgery, a small camera known as an arthroscope will be placed inside of your shoulder joint, allowing Dr. Norris to view your joint during surgery without making a large incision and opening up your entire shoulder. The benefits of this type of surgery versus the previous standard in the field are many, including:
Often, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients who undergo shoulder arthroscopy are able to return home the same day after their surgery. Some of the most common conditions for which Dr. Norris recommends shoulder arthroscopy include the following:
So what is an arthroscope, exactly? It’s a small, fiber-optic instrument that’s made up of three parts: the lens, the light source, and the video camera. During your surgery, the arthroscope will be attached to a television, which will show Dr. Norris a live image of your joint. This allows him to see the shoulder in full, from the rotator cuff tissues to the cartilage itself.
Here’s how it works: at the start of your surgery, Dr. Norris will make two small incisions around the area of your joint. He will then insert the arthroscope into the first incision, which allows him to view the shoulder joint. At the same time, a sterile solution will be administered to the joint, which will expand it and allow Dr. Norris more room to perform the procedure. In the other incision, Dr. Norris will insert the necessary surgical instruments to repair your damaged shoulder.
As we’ve stated, arthroscopy is an amazing advancement in orthopedic surgery that has allowed surgeons like Dr. Norris to minimize trauma to the tissues of the shoulder, reduce pain after surgery, shorten recovery periods and save monetary cost for patients who need these procedures. If you’ve thought about surgery to help relieve your shoulder pain but the thought of an invasive surgery has frightened you, don’t wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Norris to discuss this minimally-invasive option.
When the ligaments surrounding your shoulder joint become stretched or detached, the ball of your shoulder can become destabilized from its socket. This is known as shoulder instability.
After your procedure, Dr. Norris will prescribe you with several medications, including those to mitigate postoperative pain and antibiotics designed to prevent infection in your surgical site. Your affected shoulder and arm will be bandaged. There will likely be swelling in your shoulder after your surgery, which is normal.
Each body is different, therefore each patient’s recovery will be different. However, the minimally-invasive techniques employed by Dr. Norris result in a shorter recovery period -- as well as less pain and cost -- than methods traditionally used in the past. Dr. Norris will discuss your recovery timeline with you as part of your treatment plan.
Yes! Physical therapy is an extremely important element of any surgical treatment, and it will be essential to helping you restore your shoulder to full mobility. It’s vital to follow all of the post-operative guidelines outlined for you by Dr. Norris in order to make the most complete, effective recovery possible.