Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama

Elite Orthopedics & Spine specializes in arthroscopic shoulder surgery for patients in Birmingham, Alabama and surrounding areas. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Smith, uses advanced technology and equipment to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Whether you have a rotator cuff tear, shoulder impingement, or other shoulder condition, our goal is to help you achieve a speedy and successful recovery.

At Elite Orthopedics & Spine, we are dedicated to providing excellent care and helping our patients get back to doing the activities they enjoy. Don’t let shoulder pain limit your daily activities any longer. Contact us at (205) 573-4700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith and take the first step towards a pain-free shoulder. Our office is conveniently located in Birmingham, Alabama, making it easy for you to access our services.

What is a Shoulder Arthroscopie?

According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 1.4 million shoulder arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery, or arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a small camera called an arthroscope. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision to examine or repair specific areas within or around the shoulder joint.

At Elite Orthopedics & Spine, we are committed to providing exceptional quality, comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with conditions affecting the shoulder. J. Todd Smith, MD is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with 18 years of experience. Call our office at (205) 573-4700 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What are Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedures?

Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body allowing you to place and rotate your arm in many positions in front, above, to the side, and behind your body. This flexibility also makes your shoulder susceptible to instability and injury.

  • Should Joint Examination. One of the uses for shoulder arthroscopy is to inspect the shoulder joint and surrounding areas to confirm a diagnosis and determine the extent of injury or disease process. Your surgeon will determine if the minimally invasive procedure can be used for a surgical repair instead of a traditional open surgical procedure.
  • Shoulder Joint Surgery. Often when using shoulder arthroscopy to make or confirm a diagnosis, surgery is performed to correct conditions affecting muscles, cartilage, joints or ligaments in the shoulder damaged as a result of injury, disease or aging. By performing the surgery during the arthroscopic examination, the surgeon is able to perform a repair without having to inconvenience the patient with a second procedure. By doing so, this eliminates the need for a large incision minimizing blood loss and discomfort helping to speed recovery.

What are the Conditions Treated using Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Depending on the complexity of the repairs that need to be made, shoulder arthroscopy may be used to correct the following conditions:

  • Cartilage or ligaments that have been torn or damaged
  • Shoulders with instability where a shoulder joint is loose and/or the shoulder dislocates and slips out of the ball and socket joint becoming dislocated
  • Biceps tendon that is torn or damaged
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Bone spurs or inflammation around the rotator cuff
  • Joint inflammation or damage caused by an illness such as arthritis
  • Loose tissue that interferes with movement and has to be removed
  • Shoulder impingement where movement is impaired

What is the Preparation for a Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Most arthroscopic shoulder surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, eliminating the need for a hospital stay. Preparations two weeks prior to your surgery can include:

  • Stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot including aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.
  • Asking your health care provider which drugs you can continue to take.
  • Telling your surgeon if you have diabetes, heart disease or other medical conditions.
  • Telling your health care provider if you drink alcohol and how frequently.
  • Stopping smoking since it can slow down healing.
  • Letting your health care provider know if any illnesses like the flu, cold, fever etc.

On the day of your surgery you will usually be asked not to drink or eat for 6 to 12 hours before surgery and if necessary, take the approved medications with a small amount of water.

What Happens After a Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Recovery can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months. You may have to wear a sling for a length of time that will be determined by the complexity of your procedure. Pain medication may be prescribed to help control pain. Returning to work or playing sports will depend upon the extent of the surgery and can range from 1 week to several months. For many procedures, physical therapy will be prescribed to help you regain motion and strength.

What are the Results of a Shoulder Arthroscopy?

The minimally invasive nature of arthroscopic surgery will result in less pain, stiffness, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays if any (depending on the complexity of the procedure) and faster recovery sometimes.

Outcomes for most arthroscopic shoulder procedures are highly successful in eliminating pain and providing excellent range of motion. However where surgery is performed to correct stability problems, some patients may still have the instability. Additionally, rotator cuff surgery may provide significant pain relief but result in not being able to regain complete strength.

Schedule a Shoulder Surgery Consultation in Birmingham, AL

If you’re in need of a shoulder arthroscopy and are located in Birmingham, Alabama, Elite Orthopedics & Spine is here to help. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Smith, specializes in this procedure, and our advanced technology and techniques allow for a minimally invasive approach with maximum results.

We understand that considering any type of surgery can be daunting, but our team is dedicated to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Contact us today at (205) 573-4700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith and learn more about how a shoulder arthroscopy can benefit you.