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Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Jupiter, FL

For restoration of the shoulder or removal of damaged tissues, arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a minimally invasive option. Dr. Van Sice assists Palm County Florida based patients with shoulder problems by utilizing minimally invasive techniques from his practice in Jupiter, FL.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

What is arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure which uses a small scope mounted camera to visualize the interior of the joint during surgery. Unlike traditional open surgery that requires a large incision, Shoulder Arthroscopy uses one or more very small incisions in strategic places and allows for a much faster recovery.

What conditions can shoulder surgery treat?

Shoulder surgery can be used to address numerous conditions which affect a person’s ability to move their shoulder freely including:

  • Bursitis or Tendonitis
  • Impingement and partial rotator cuff tear
  • Full-thickness rotator cuff tear
  • Instability
  • Fractured collarbone
  • Acromioclavicular joint separation
  • Fractured head of the humerus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

What happens during the procedure?

Initially, the surgeon will make a few small incisions in the shoulder, and a sterile solution will rinse and fill the joint. This helps the surgeon to observe the shoulder clearly and in detail. The surgeon can properly diagnose the issue by studying the joint. An arthroscope will be inserted and the picture projected on a TV so he can see the joint and his tools to complete the procedure. The doctor will then insert specially designed instruments through small incisions and perform the repairs or removals. These instruments can include scissors, motorized shavers, or lasers. The procedure usually lasts between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on the extent of the necessary repairs. Once the repairs or removal are complete, the surgeon will close the incisions with either a stitch or a sterile strip. Then these will be protected with a bandage.

What’s the Difference Between Arthroscopic Surgery and Traditional Surgery?

Traditional surgery requires a large incision that exposes the joint so the surgeon can see it. This means more trauma to the tissues, more post-operative pain, a larger scar, and a longer recovery time. Shoulder Arthroscopy uses very small incisions—around half an inch long—which means far less trauma. Arthroscopic surgery results in less scarring, lower risk of infection due to the smaller incision, less post-operative pain, and a shorter recovery time.


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