Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery

Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery


Shoulder Arthroscopy is another advanced medical procedure characterized under the type of Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery. It is a less invasive technique to fix the torn cuff within the shoulder. Arthroscopy surgery exploits a tiny camera with other surgical equipment to examine the area to be repaired carefully. Instruments get inserted in the cut during the surgery.

Bones and joints of the shoulder are surrounded by the group of shoulder muscles, ligaments, and tendons supporting it, helping to rotate and ease with the motion. However, any trauma, accident, and fall, can make shoulder muscles and tendons broken. Depending on the number of factors including age, the capacity of using the muscles, and other injuries, injury of the shoulder muscles is also variable.

What is a Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Since the medical field has also embarked on the boat of advancement, using the technology, complex medical procedures can now be done professionally with the professional tools and experienced hands in a matter of time. Shoulder Arthroscopy is one of those gladly. Arthro mean joint and Skopein mean to look into, hence the term collectively means “to look into the joint”, and it is done with the help of tiny camera. The picture generate by the camera is visible on the video screen which makes it easier for the surgeon to locate the damaged spot and fix it. Shoulder Arthroscopy is being in practice since 1970. The technique has made diagnosis, procedure, treatment, and the recovery from torn rotator cuff shoulder easier for both patients and surgeons. However, every year modifications are made in the procedure to make it more convenient than ever before.

What are the basic steps involved in Shoulder Arthroscopy?


Before Surgery

  • If you are already using certain medicine or herbs, inform your doctor about it. Prior to the surgery, you will be advised to stop taking medicines causing thinning of the blood including aspirin and naproxen. If necessary, you will be prescribed other medicines instead.
  • If you are suffering from heart-related problems, diabetes, or other health problems, you have to ask your doctor for suggestions.
  • Even you smoke or drink alcohol too much, ask your doctor if you need to skimp on them for a faster recovery.
  • If you are allergic to anything, do let the surgeon know.

Steps Involving in the Surgery:

  • First, the patient is given anesthesia.
  • The small incision is made to insert the Arthroscope (camera) into the shoulder. This is connected with the monitor to view the video. This helps the surgeon to locate the damaged read within the shoulder.
  • Surgeons inspect the damaged tissues, muscles, and cartilages in the shoulder with the help of a camera and assess the severity.
  • After the damaged place around the shoulder is examined, surgeons in Mexico, make 2-3 incisions to repair them.
  • Tears in the shoulder are repaired while the damaged part is removed and replaced.

After Surgery:

  • You will be provided with self-care instruction after the surgery.
  • Recovery time is variable for each patient depending on certain conditions, you may be asked to wear a sling for some weeks, as recovery time may take 1-6 months.
  • Pain after the surgery is common to experience, some pain killers will be prescribed to you.
  • Depending on the severity of the damage and the surgery you have undergone, doctors may suggest the duration required to get back to the normal routine, playing sports, and the size of weight you can carry.
  • Some exercises will also be prescribed to you.

In Which Cases  is recommended?

Surgeons would recommend the Shoulder Arthroscopy surgery in Mexico to you if:


  • Painful and non-surgical problem of the shoulder.
  • You have an injured tissues, tendons, or ligaments around the shoulder bones to be fixed.
  • If you often experience swelling, pain, and stiffness around in the shoulder which moving.
  • Surgeons recommend the surgery to the old age people and not the younger ones (They can take certain medications or non-surgical approaches, unless the condition is severe)
  • Overusing muscles with age, makes it difficult for the injuries to heal on their own, and surgery is recommended.

How long does the Shoulder Arthroscopy Procedure Take?

In Mexico, with the professional tools, technical machines, and the expert team, the procedure hardly takes around 2 to 2.5 hours to fix or replace the damaged parts.

What are the Risks of the Shoulder Arthroscopy?

Surgeons in Mexico, always opt for the professional approach that mitigates the risk, however the surgery itself isn’t complex, while some minor side effects are the surgery has been reported:

  • Pain for some days.
  • Infection due to microbial attacks.
  • Minor to excessive bleeding around the shoulder.
  • You will not be able to rotate the shoulder of lifting any light of heavy object – You must let it heal completely.
  • However, blood may clot and nerves can also be damaged to some extent.

After surgery requires great care and some must follow precautions to enjoy fast recovery.

How long to recover from Shoulder Arthroscopy?

It depends, if surgeons have fixed the damaged tissues it would take up to 6 weeks to fully retrieve the strength of the muscles but if they had replaced some part, it may take up to 6 months.

Surgeons in Mexico also offer the post-surgery rehabilitation programs to the patients to get fastest recovery. The programs include:

  • Post-Operative Assessments
  • Home assessments
  • Rehabilitation

Post-Operative Assessment

Once the Surgical part is done, you’ll be asked to stay in the recovery room for 2-3 hours. Here nurses and attendants will examine your shoulder health, provide you with pain relievers, and will assess the responsiveness of the body towards the surgical part. They will let your know the rest of the recovery procedure.

Home Assessment

It is observed that the recovery is faster with Arthroscopy surgery than open repair one, yet it may require months to fully retrieve the functionality of the shoulder. You will be guided by the nurses and doctors on what measures to take at home to subside the pain while you may feel discomfort, irritability, and ache for several weeks. Take medicines and some natural anti-oxidants timely. Further doctors will tell you the right posture of sitting and laying, and some mild exercises. All you have to follow are the guidelines provided. This home assessment may take up to 2 months and if things go well you can experience the fastest recovery during the time period. During that time interval, you will be able to replace the large bandage with another one.


This includes some sort of exercises that help you get back to the normal lives routine. Physicians will help you with exercises to regain shoulder stability and strength at full. Based on the severity of the damaged tissues and the procedure you’ve undergone, a set of exercises are referred by the surgeons with the help of physicians to supervise and ensure the fastest recovery.

What are the Complications?

Over the last many years, this procedure has gained much fame and is considered better than open surgery. However, this less invasive has certain pros, cons, and some complications. The complications may include soft tissue injury, recurrent instability, nerves and veins damage, blood clots, recurrent pain, and excessive bleeding, while the complications can be mitigated through awareness of the shoulder’s anatomy, the position of the arm after surgery, and the precautions followed. However, 1% of the cases also complained about the infection at the surgery site while that is rare because the surgeon has to ensure the high index of the infection suspicion. Some complications require a short time to be treated while some may take longer than usual depending on the precautionary measures being taken by the patients.

Surgeons in Cancun always make complications and risks clear to the patients prior to the surgery.

 What are the Outcomes?

  • In many ways, Arthroscopy Surgery is found better than open repair. It doesn’t only fix the torn area within the shoulder but also provide you with a plethora of benefits, some of them are mentioned:
  • The surgery requires a small incision around 3-5 cm long. This minimal invasiveness of the procedure will help you with the quicker healing process.
  • This is less complicated, has fewer risk factors, rapid recovery, hence ensure better and quick mobilization after the procedure.
  • While undergoing Arthroscopic surgery, you will experience minimum blood loss.
  • As compared to the other Rotator Cuff Tear Repair Surgeries, this procedure helps you regain the maximum stability of your arm with less inflammation.

Why is Mexico an ideal location for the Arthroscopic surgery?

Mexico, on the map of the world, is growing as an ideal medical tourists spot. For many years, it has been offering surgeries and several invasive and non-invasive procedure for absolutely 50% reduced price than other location. Not only because it is far affordable but it also makes tremendous progress in terms of medical advancement to stand out in competition. It offers a number of professional surgeons, advanced technical support team, tools and equipment, and number of surgical options according to the convenience of the patient.

If you are looking for a professional yet affordable option, Mexico welcomes you!Surgeons would recommend the Shoulder Arthroscopy surgery in Mexico to you if:


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