During the past several decades, major advances have been made in the field of orthopaedics. An example is arthroscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive technique used to diagnose and treat problems of the joints.
Many people associate arthroscopic surgery with the knee, but the procedure can also be used to treat other joints, such as the hip, elbow, ankle, wrist, and shoulder.
At the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, the University of Maryland Medical System's orthopaedic specialty hospital, patients have access to minimally invasive options for joint replacement and reconstruction of diseased or injured joints. One area of our expertise is the repair of shoulder injuries.
At the Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, surgeons with extensive training, experience, and knowledge perform advanced arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder.
Arthroscopic surgery involves the use of highly specialized instruments inserted through incisions that are approximately one-half inch in length. Because the incisions are so small, the patient experiences less pain after surgery, develops less scar tissue, and usually recovers faster than with traditional open surgical interventions. These procedures are technically demanding but offer an opportunity for faster recovery for the patient.
Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is used for shoulder reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, dislocations, and decompression for shoulder tendonitis or bursitis.