Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Gone are the days when you had to live with a massive scar after a shoulder surgery. Leading orthopedic surgeon Oke Anakwenze, MD, uses advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques to correct your injury. His team at Olympus Orthopedic Medical Group in San Diego, cares for you through your entire shoulder rehabilitation process. You can either call to schedule a visit, or book an appointment online. Dr. Anakwenze specializes in minimally-invasive shoulder repairs, so you have the quickest recovery possible.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Q & A

What happens during an arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Dr. Anakwenze can make almost any diagnosis or shoulder repair with the use of an arthroscope. During your procedure, he makes a few small incisions in your shoulder. He inserts the arthroscope into one incision, while placing surgical tools into the other incisions.

The scope connects to a monitor and allows Dr. Anakwenze to clearly see inside your shoulder joint, so he can make any necessary repairs to bones, tendons, or ligaments.

Which shoulder injuries can be treated with an arthroscopic surgery?

Usually Dr. Anakwenze prefers to perform less invasive shoulder surgeries with an arthroscope. Because your incisions are smaller and the surgery is minimally invasive, you heal more quickly, experience less pain and stiffness, and have a lower risk of blood loss. Unless you have special circumstances, Dr. Anakwenze can generally use the arthroscopic procedure to:

  • Diagnose shoulder injuries or arthritis
  • Repair a torn rotator cuff
  • Correct shoulder instability
  • Remove loose tissue
  • Fix shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Correct bone spurs
  • Treat arthritis
  • Repair torn tendons and ligaments

How long is the recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis. As soon as you feel ready to get up after waking from surgery, your caretaker can take you home. You can move around and get yourself to the restroom the day of surgery.

Depending on which type of surgery you’re having, you can generally return to most of your normal routine in about a week or two. You should be recovered and back to all of your regular activities, including sports and exercise, in one to six months.

Will I need physical therapy after my shoulder surgery?

Possibly. If you’re going through a shoulder replacement or rotator cuff repair, for instance, you may need rehabilitation for at least several weeks, although it’s common to go through therapy for several months.

But if your surgery is minor, such as a diagnostic or tissue removal procedure, you probably won’t need to do any rehab. Dr. Anakwenze can go over your post-op expectations before you go in for surgery, just so you know what to expect.