One of the technological advances that have been seen across all areas of medicine in recent years is the rise in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The performance of surgical repairs to joints such as the shoulder has improved significantly thanks to innovative techniques. This translates into shorter and more comfortable recovery periods for patients.
How it Works
The intent of minimally invasive surgery is to reduce the impact on tissues and structures surrounding the injured joint, tendon, ligament, or muscle. This is achieved by decreasing the size of the incision. The use of an arthroscope, a long tube with a camera on end, means that an entire joint does not need to be revealed through a substantial opening.
What it Works for
Minimally invasive techniques are used for a large number of conditions today. In our practice alone, there are numerous shoulder injuries that may be treated with this method.
- Tissue Inflammation or loose cartilage. If symptoms of loose cartilage or inflamed tissue do not resolve with conservative therapies, arthroscopic surgery may be performed to remove afflicted anatomy.
- Rotator cuff injury. A tear to the rotator cuff can cause pain and weakness and may stem from wear and tear as much as from a traumatic injury to the shoulder. Non-surgical treatment is often the first-line defense. However, if no improvement occurs, or if the injury is severe, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair may be warranted.
- Labral tear repair may be performed to resolve instability in the shoulder stemming from an injury. The minimally invasive technique may be employed to remove the torn flap or to section or repair the tendon if detachment has occurred.
- Bone spurs may need to be removed with arthroscopy if they cause pain or present a risk of tendinitis or rotator cuff tear.
- Bicep tendon injury may not sound like a shoulder issue, but it is. This tendon extends into the shoulder and may need to be repaired or removed based on the severity of the injury.
- Shoulder instability is often behind ongoing issues with dislocation. Minimally invasive surgery can tighten loose ligaments or reattach them for adequate support.
Advanced Orthopedics and Hand Surgery Institute has three New Jersey offices staffed by experienced, friendly doctors and assistants. Call (973) 942-1315 to schedule a consultation with us.