Shoulder Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is used by orthopedic surgeons to inspect the inside of the shoulder, diagnose problems and repair any issues found. It is recommended for those with certain shoulder conditions and those whose pain did not improve with nonsurgical therapies.

During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon inserts an arthroscope into your shoulder joint via a small incision. An arthroscope is an instrument that is thin and flexible with a camera and light at the end. The surgeon is able to guide the camera, along with other surgical instruments while viewing the images on a monitor. The procedure can be used to treat various shoulder conditions using just a few very small incisions, quickly and easily.


Shoulder arthroscopy has many benefits. It’s a minimally invasive way to investigate the cause of shoulder pain and weakness and to diagnose and treat a problem. The recovery time is shorter than with traditional open surgery because of the small incisions used, which also results in less pain for the patient.

Conditions/Symptoms Treated

Shoulder arthroscopy can be used to treat several conditions of the shoulder, including:

  • Shoulder instability
  • Fractures
  • Cysts
  • Nerve entrapment

The symptoms that can be relieved by the procedure include: