|Shoulder arthroscopy showing a
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.