During the past several decades, significant advances have been made in the field of orthopaedics. One such example is arthroscopic surgey, 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 Kernan Hospital, 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 Kernan, 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 about one-half inch in size. Because the incisions are so small, there is less scar tissue, less pain after surgery, and patients usually recover 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.