Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is a revolutionary, minimally invasive procedure. This procedure uses a tiny telescope (about the size of a pencil) with a minuscule video camera attached. It is inserted into the shoulder through a small incision. Then, it projects an image of the inside of the shoulder onto a monitor. This allows the orthopedic surgeon to get a detailed look at the joint and determine what repairs need to be made. Dr. Soffer is a leading minimally invasive shoulder surgery specialist.
Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
Common shoulder issues can often be treated using more conservative methods such as medications or physical therapy. However, minimally invasive shoulder surgery is sometimes necessary to fully address the problem. Here are a few shoulder conditions and injuries which may be treated with minimally invasive shoulder surgery:
- – AC Joint Injuries – The AC joint is located on the front of the shoulder and is held together by several ligaments. When the AC joint is injured, these ligaments may be sprained or torn. For more severe AC joint injuries, minimally invasive shoulder surgery can be used to repair any damage to the joint. The surgery will put the joint back in its proper place, thus restoring range of motion to the shoulder.
- – Labral Tears – The labrum has the important job of keeping the shoulder joint in the correct position. A labrum tear can occur due to a single incident or as a result of repeating motion over time. When the labrum is torn, minimally invasive shoulder surgery is a viable option for repair. Using this procedure, the orthopedic surgeon can see exactly where the tissue needs to be reattached or trimmed in order to get the shoulder back to its previous functionality.
- – Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons and bursa in the shoulder are compressed, or “impinged,” again and again over time. This often happens in individuals who do activities that involve raising the arms overhead repeatedly. When nonoperative treatments fail to resolve the symptoms of this painful condition, an orthopedic surgeon may perform arthroscopic shoulder decompression. This minimally invasive shoulder surgery is designed to expand the area between the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder and the acromion bone. This in turn gets rid of pressure on the shoulder’s soft tissue and relieves the patient’s discomfort.
This is just a short list of the many types of shoulder issues that may be treated with arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Others include fractures of the shoulder area, torn or damaged tendons (such as rotator cuff tears), dislocated shoulders, bone and cartilage fragments and frozen/stiff shoulders.
Talk to Dr. Soffer About Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
If you’re dealing with a persistent shoulder issue, you may be wondering if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive shoulder surgery. As a leading expert in the field of shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Soffer can help you make an informed decision on whether this procedure is right for you.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to discuss your shoulder treatment options with Dr. Soffer, call our office at 610-375-4949. We look forward to offering you the skilled and compassionate orthopedic care you deserve.