Dr Heckroodt Laubscher

Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon

What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical approach that uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to examine or / or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint. The arthroscope is inserted through a small cut (incision) in your skin.

During this procedure, your surgeon inserts the arthroscope into your shoulder through one or more small incision. The arthroscope is connected to a video monitor in the operating room, so that your surgeon is able to inspect all the tissues of your shoulder joint and the area above the joint. These tissues include the cartilage, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Utilising the same incisions your surgeon is then able repairs any damaged tissues.

You will likely receive general anaesthesia for this surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anaesthesia. Your arm and shoulder area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain. If you receive regional anaesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation.