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Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

(Shoulder arthroscopy; SLAP repair; SLAP lesion; Acromioplasty; Bankart repair; Bankart lesion; Shoulder repair; Shoulder surgery; Rotator cuff repair)

Quick facts

Benefits full recovery, returning to sports and activity, detailed diagnosis
Anesthesia general
Stay in Poland – Basic Package 4 days
Stay in Poland – Comfort Package 7 days
Stay in Poland – Full Rehabilitation Package 14 days
Follow up next day, 3 days, 10 days stitches removal, 6 weeks after surgery, then if needed
Back to work time (office) 6 weeks
Full recovery time 8-12 weeks with rehabilitation
Driving 6-8 weeks, depending side
Approximate Package cost please see in fees section
1. General Treatment Information

a) Expected results, benefits

Shoulder arthroscopy is safer and less complicated procedure than open surgery. Owing to the surgery and a proper physiotherapy, you can come back to your activities, such as sports – without pain.

b) About the procedure

Shoulder arthroscopy is a procedure, where the doctor uses a tiny camera to view inside your joint, diagnose or treat it. Live preview is available on the screen. It is performed through small incisions on your skin, what results in the good visual effect. Also, the recovery is much quicker and easier comparing to the open surgery. You may need an arthroscopic surgery treatment after an injury (damage to ligaments, tendons, rotator cuff injury) or arthritis. The procedure can be provided adhibiting general or partial anaesthetization, both ways you will not feel any pain.

c) Treatment Schedule

Usually, this procedure takes less than an hour, but it depends on the complexity of your injury’s range. When the anaesthesia starts working, the surgeon will make small cuts in your skin and insert the arthroscope. After the procedure, the incisions are stitched.

d) Potential side effects

What are the side effects of shoulder arthroscopy?

Commonly there are no side effects after a shoulder arthroscopy, but in rare cases, Patient may experience shoulder stiffness, weakness of the shoulder, a blood vessel or nerve damage, slow healing. Also, general anaesthesia may cause some risks as allergic reactions, breathing problems, blood clots.

e) Full Recovery Time

How long does it take to recover from shoulder arthroscopy?

Recovery can take from 1 to 6 months, depending on how complex the procedure was. You will need to wear a sling for at least one week. Probably you will need physical therapy to regain your motion and strength and to return to sports.

2. Patient’s preparation

How shall I prepare myself to shoulder arthroscopy?

The surgeon will explain to you how to behave before, during and after shoulder arthroscopy, probably he will ask you to stop smoking – it increases a risk of getting a wound infection, and also may slow down your recovery or even cause other complications. You may be asked to wear compression stocking – they prevent blood clots in your legs. You may receive an anticlotting injection instead. If you receive a general anaesthesia, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything for about six hours, before your surgery. You may also be asked to stop taking medicines that rarefy your blood (like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) for two weeks before surgery, and to stop drinking alcohol. If you have any illness like cold or fever, it may also have an influence the possibility of undergoing surgery.

3. Diagnostics
Before making a decision towards the shoulder arthroscopy, your doctor will probably examine if you had any recent injuries, where you feel pain and if you have any other symptoms if your joint is dislocated or sometimes will make you some extra tests like X-Ray or MRI scan.
4. Qualification for the procedure

The doctor may suggest a shoulder arthroscopy when another treatment manners such as resting, physiotherapy, injections and medicines do not result in the relief. Inflammation in the shoulder joint can breed to swelling, pain and stiffness. Arthroscopy brings a solution to the following problems:

  • Torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or ligaments,
  • Shoulder instability,
  • Torn or damaged biceps tendon,
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Bone spur or inflammation around the rotator cuff,
  • The joint inflammation caused by illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis,
  • The clavicle arthritis,
  • Loose of tissue inside the joint,
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome.