Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist
When patients suffer from shoulder pain and mobility issues, Struan Coleman, MD offers shoulder arthroscopy procedures to diagnose and repair shoulder injuries and conditions for his patients. Dr. Coleman is a gifted orthopedic surgeon who treats patients from throughout New York City as well as patients who travel to his practice from across the country.

Shoulder Arthroscopy Q & A

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Shoulder arthroscopy is typically a 2-part minimally invasive surgery. The first part involves a diagnostic evaluation of the shoulder and the second part is to repair the injury or condition. Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure involving several small incisions, often referred to as keyholes, in and around the shoulder. These small incisions serve as entry points for the arthroscope which is a fiber-optic camera mounted on a thin and flexible tube. Dr. Coleman uses this minimally invasive procedure to diagnose shoulder injuries and determine the extent of any damage, including any scar tissue along with the condition of the bones, cartilage, and tendons in the joint. If necessary, Dr. Coleman also can repair damage such as torn muscles and tendons or remove bone chips. If you are suffering from a shoulder injury or impaired mobility, make an appointment with Dr. Coleman for a comprehensive consultation to diagnose your condition and to determine the best course of treatment.

What conditions does Dr. Coleman treat with shoulder arthroscopy?

Dr. Coleman uses shoulder arthroscopy procedures to diagnose and treat shoulder injuries and conditions ranging from tendon and ligament injuries to osteoarthritis. Dr. Coleman is a gifted surgeon and performs shoulder arthroscopy to help his patients avoid pain and mobility issues. Patients may have shoulder arthroscopy to address conditions and injuries including but not limited to:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Biceps tendon disease
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Bone spurs
  • Labrum repairs

How long will I have to stay in the hospital following the procedure?

Most patients are able to return home within hours of the completion of shoulder arthroscopy. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is necessary during shoulder arthroscopy. Patients typically wear bandages or a compression garment while the incisions and any interior repairs heal. Most patients take several days off of work and avoid heavy or strenuous activities for several weeks. Physical therapy is prescribed following treatment to rebuild strength, flexibility, and the full range of motion in the shoulder. Dr. Coleman provides follow-up consultations to ensure that the procedure was effective and that the patient is recovering well.

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