Shoulder Arthroscopy in Napa, CA

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What Is Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat shoulder issues. At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, we perform this minimally invasive surgery to diagnose and treat rotator cuff tears, injuries to the bicep tendon, osteoarthritis, shoulder impingement syndrome, and more. Our orthopedic surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technologies to create small incisions, reduce recovery time, and minimize discomfort. If you have sought nonsurgical treatment for your shoulder pain only for it to return, shoulder arthroscopy may be right for you. Reach out to our team to learn more about receiving shoulder arthroscopy in Napa, CA.

How Is Shoulder Arthroscopy Performed?

Shoulder arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure and typically takes about an hour. Prior to your procedure, we'll have you get comfortable in a semi-seated position where we might place your arm in a holding device to keep it still. It's possible that we will inject a fluid into the shoulder to inflate the shoulder joint; this will make it easier for your surgeon to see. Your surgeon will make a button-sized hole in your shoulder, where they will insert an arthroscope with a small camera on the end. This camera will take images of the inside of your shoulder, which will be projected on a screen so your surgeon can diagnose and treat your shoulder injury. Once your procedure is complete, your surgeon will suture the area and place a bandage, then have you recover for a bit before we send you home.

You will need a ride home, as you shouldn't drive, work, or perform strenuous activities for the next few days, depending on the complexity of your procedure. We will go over in detail your recovery schedule and what you can expect as well as how you can help promote a healthy recovery.

Shoulder Arthroscopy FAQ

Will I need a sling or brace after shoulder arthroscopy?
Whether or not you need a sling after your shoulder arthroscopy surgery depends on the type of surgery performed. If you had your rotator cuff repaired or a dislocation repaired, you will likely need to wear a sling for a few weeks. In other cases, you may be given a sling to wear right after surgery that you can stop wearing when your post-op pain goes away. Either way, we will be sure to make sure you understand and are prepared for your recovery before your surgery in order to optimize healing.

Can I drive after shoulder arthroscopy?
You may not drive while you are on narcotics, and even when you stop taking them, we often suggest avoiding driving as long as necessary. Once you are out of a sling, you may start working on the strength in your shoulder. After you have built up enough power, you should be able to drive. We will work closely with you so you understand when you may be ready to drive, and we always suggest starting off in an empty parking lot with a friend or family member for the safety of yourself and others.

When can I go back to work?
The answer to this question depends on the type of repair you're having and what kind of work you do. If you have a desk job, you may be able to return to work in as little as a week. However, if you have a laborious job that requires heavy lifting, it could be several months. Our Napa, CA surgeons will work with you during your recovery process so you know when you can go back to work.

Learn More About Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is commonly performed on individuals who have had nonsurgical shoulder treatments only to have their pain return. This minimally invasive surgery is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of shoulder injuries. The orthopedic surgeons at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley can help determine whether you're a qualified candidate for this procedure. For more information or to schedule a consultation for shoulder arthroscopy, contact our Napa, CA surgery center today.

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