Medical Library: Shoulder – Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy surgery can be used to correct many common shoulder injuries and conditions. The surgery is minimally invasive, but proper post-surgical care is required to see optimal results and prevent over-use before the repair has healed.

One of the problems with shoulder arthroscopy is that the procedure hurts much less than open shoulder surgery, and therefore patients may tend to do too much, too soon. It is very important that you only perform activities that your surgeon or physical therapist recommends following a shoulder arthroscopy. Even though your shoulder may feel fine, you need to allow time for repaired tissues to adequately heal. This is especially important for patients who have rotator cuff repairs and labral repairs.