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Vail Shoulder Surgery

  1. What is shoulder arthroscopy?
  2. What are common surgical procedures performed arthroscopically?
  3. What are the benefits of arthroscopy?
  4. What is shoulder dislocation?
  5. What is the rotator cuff?

1. What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a truly minimally invasive surgical method that is used to explore and treat problems in many different joints. A fiber optic camera is inserted into a small incision to provide the surgeon a magnified view of the injured joint, while specialized instruments are inserted through secondary incisions to repair joint damage.

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2. What are common surgical procedures performed arthroscopically?

Several procedures (often involving cartilage or ligament damage repair) are performed using arthroscopic techniques.

3. What are the benefits of arthroscopy?

The magnified view of the joint provided by the arthroscope allows the surgeon to better see all the joint problems present, which leads to improved ability to accurately understand the extent of the patient's condition, and more precision in repairing the tissue.

Because the repair is completed through small incisions, there is less postoperative pain, swelling, and scarring. This leads to better range of motion, fewer complications and overall a better outcome.

4. What is shoulder dislocation?

The range of mobility provided by the shoulder joint naturally leads to joint instability. Shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone (humerus) comes out of its socket.

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5. What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons at the head of the humerus, and work to hold the bone in place within the joint. The rotator cuff is also involved in lifting and rotating the arm. Tearing of the rotator cuff is a common shoulder injury.

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