Have you suffered a traumatic shoulder injury, or do you deal with chronic, nagging shoulder pain? There’s hope. At Silver State Orthopedics in Las Vegas, David Silverberg, MD, has advanced training and more than 15 years of experience performing shoulder arthroscopy to diagnose and treat shoulder injuries. To get rid of your pain and get back to the activities you enjoy, click or call to schedule a consultation today.
Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery in which an arthroscope — a cable system with tiny tools and a tiny camera — is inserted through a small incision. Arthroscopy can be used to identify internal structures as well as diagnose and treat the injured area.
Once Dr. Silverberg surveys the injury with the arthroscope, he uses it to perform your surgery. Throughout the procedure, the camera will provide Dr. Silverberg with a perfect view of the surgery area and provide magnification if needed.
Arthroscopic surgery is a good alternative to traditional open surgeries because it is less invasive. This means you will likely recover faster, have less pain and have a lower risk of infection. Dr. Silverberg also uses multimodal anesthesia, which reduces pain after surgery and may enable you to go home the same day.
What conditions can shoulder arthroscopy help?
Shoulder arthroscopy can help with many conditions that involve injury or damage to internal structures of the shoulder. These conditions include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder instability
- Bone spurs
- Labrum tears
- Ligament laxity or tears
- Problems with scar tissue
- Shoulder dislocations
With their advanced training and extensive experience, Dr. Silverberg and his team at Silver State Orthopedics have the expertise to treat your shoulder injury.
What happens during a shoulder arthroscopy?
During your shoulder arthroscopy, Dr. Silverberg places you under multimodal anesthesia to reduce your pain during and after surgery. He makes one or two tiny incisions near your shoulder joint to insert the arthroscope.
Using the camera on the arthroscope, Dr. Silverberg determines the ideal location and type of procedure for your surgery. He then uses the tools on the arthroscope to repair damaged areas before removing the arthroscope and closing your incision.
What is recovery like after shoulder arthroscopy?
Your recovery will depend on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Dr. Silverberg will provide detailed instructions to help you recover with less pain, including physical therapy referrals and lifestyle advice.
Dr. Silverberg will check regularly on your progress to ensure you are healing properly and that the function and comfort of your shoulder continue to improve.
To see if arthroscopy can help with your shoulder problems, click or call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Silverberg at Silver State Orthopedics today.