A shoulder arthroscopy, keyhole surgery, is usually performed to treat conditions including subacromial impingement, labral tears and worn articular cartilage.
The procedure takes approximately thirty minutes to perform, and usually only requires the patient to be a day case in hospital.
A small incision is made in the shoulder, through which a small camera is inserted to identify the problem. The surgeon then treats the problem also through the small incision. At the end of the procedure, the shoulder will be injected with local anaesthetic to minimise post-operative pain.
The patient's arm is rested in a sling for a few days following the procedure. A physiotherapy rehabilitation programme is usually followed. Patients can return to driving and other activities as comfort allows.