North Hampshire Hospital
The Hampshire Clinic
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

Mr John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Information for patients undergoing orthopaedic treatment


Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy showing a normal
biceps tendon

Shoulder arthroscopy involves insertion of a small telescope, about 5mm in diameter, into the shoulder joint. A complete examination of both the gleno-humeral joint and the sub-acromial space may be performed (see Anatomy). This can be very useful in diagnosing shoulder problems.

It is becoming increasingly possible to perform a number of different operations using keyhole surgery. This has the advantage of causing less tissue damage and allowing faster recovery. Sub-acromial decompression is now routinely performed arthroscopically. In addition it is now possible to repair certain rotator cuff capsular tears by means of the arthroscope.


J M Britton 2007

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