Since Shoulder Arthroscopy can also be done as a day care procedure, you will be requested to come to the hospital on the day of the surgery or one day before at an appropriate time. You will also be required to refrain from eating and drinking (fasting) for 6 hours before the surgery.
The choice of Anesthesia is General Anesthesia, but a regional block will be given for post-operation pain relief
Once anesthetized the preparations for the surgery will begin:
Once you are under anesthesia, you will be turned on one side, the non-affected side. The affected arm is then put on traction with 3 kg weight to open the joint.
There are three main portals as well as other small portals for different procedures.
A stab incision is made on the posterior aspect of the Shoulder for insertion of the Arthroscope.
The entire procedure performed by Shoulder Arthroscopy will be recorded once the Arthroscope is introduced into the Shoulder Joint
Since there are various different procedures done by Shoulder Arthroscopy, the time taken for each varies, but the average range for the time of surgery is half an hour to one and a half hour. After discharge you will be given a DVD of the entire procedure conducted on you.
Though the complications of risks and complications are less and minute still as a patient who is going under the knife, you should be aware of the complications: